Definition of ingrown in English:


Syllabification: in·grown
Pronunciation: /ˈinˌgrōn


  • 1Growing or having grown within a thing; innate: as Greek instinct or ingrown habit would have dictated
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    • It is an ingrown tradition, and anything that messes with it is a reason for fighting.
    • Many teachers and school administrators regard this not as a kid's overreaction, but as ingrown social incorrigibility that must be swiftly and severely punished.
    • The change from that ingrown concern can come when something outside the self influences the self to rethink (God, Christ in Paul; Reason in Stoicism).
  • 1.1(Of a toenail) having grown abnormally so as to press into the flesh.
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    • To avoid ingrown toenails, cut your nails straight across.
    • Your chances of developing an ingrown toenail are reduced if you cut your nails properly.
    • If you are having any problems, such as loss of feeling, sores, or ingrown toenails, tell your doctor right away.
  • 1.2Preoccupied with oneself; inward-looking: direct mail is a clubby, ingrown world in which everybody knows everybody
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    • Reading these poems I kept thinking of Ionesco in Paris, Nabokov in New England, even Beckett, split between English and French but doing anything to avoid the stale colloquialisms of an ingrown Irishness.
    • We should be, as John Paul II has emphasized so often, reclaiming the culture, and that includes Catholic culture, where it has become ingrown and oppressive.
    • Henighan considers the Toronto literary scene to be an ingrown milieu in which writers not published by USA branch plants are losers, and writers not living in Toronto are ignored.
  • 1.3 Geology (Of an incised meander) asymmetric in cross section due to lateral erosion.

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