Definition of ingrained adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪnd//
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  1. 1ingrained (in somebody/something) (of a habit, an attitude, etc.) that has existed for a long time and is therefore difficult to change ingrained prejudices The belief that we should do our duty is deeply ingrained in most of us.
  2. 2(of dirt) under the surface of something and therefore difficult to get rid of
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ingrained