- establish (an attitude, habit, or belief) so firmly that change is very difficult or unlikely；establish (a person or their authority) in a position of great strength or security
verb: entrench, 3rd person present: entrenches, gerund or present participle: entrenching, past tense: entrenched, past participle: entrenched
- 1. establish (an attitude, habit, or belief) so firmly that change is very difficult or unlikely ageism is entrenched in our society
- ▪ establish (a person or their authority) in a position of great strength or security by 1947 de Gaulle's political opponents were firmly entrenched in power
- ▪ apply extra legal safeguards to (a right, especially a constitutional right, guaranteed by legislation) steady progress was made in entrenching the individual rights of noblemen
- 2. establish (a military force, camp, etc.) in trenches or other fortified positions the corps was now fully entrenched on the Right Bank
- 3. archaic encroach or trespass on.