- 1(Of a habit, belief, or attitude) firmly fixed or established; difficult to change: his deeply ingrained Catholic convictionsMore example sentences
- So the only thing keeping the reporters in line is their ingrained habit of deference towards a wartime president.
- None of these things are terrible, of course, but they do speak of certain ingrained attitudes towards women.
- The belief in a positive attitude is so ingrained in American thinking.
- 2(Of dirt or a stain) deeply embedded and thus difficult to remove: the ingrained dirt on the flaking paintworkMore example sentences
- Internal stains in teeth, for example tetracycline stains, are extremely resistant to bleaching because the stain is so deeply ingrained in the teeth.
- He sat there surrounded by filth - thick ingrained dirt.
- Paint was peeling, floors had ingrained dirt, and all of the telephone rooms - very important for detainees' contact with the outside world - were in a disgraceful state.