ingrain (also engrain) VERB firmly fix or establish (a habit, belief, or attitude) in a person.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «dye with cochineal», from the old use of grain meaning «kermes, cochineal».

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  • Ingrain — In grain (?; 277), a. [Pref. in in + grain kermes. See {Engrain}, {Grain}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Dyed with grain, or kermes. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Dyed before manufacture, said of the material of a textile fabric; hence, in general, thoroughly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ingrain — (Knit goods) A term applied to raw material or yarn dyed before knitting. INGRAIN A wool term, which means that the wool used was dyed before spinning into yarn. Ingrain carpets were originally made from this style of yarn, but today dyed yarn is …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Ingrain — In grain , n. An ingrain fabric, as a carpet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ingrain — In grain , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ingrained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ingraining}.] [Written also engrain.] [1913 Webster] 1. To dye with or in grain or kermes. [1913 Webster] 2. To dye in the grain, or before manufacture. [1913 Webster] 3. To work into… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ingrain — index embed, establish (entrench), fix (make firm), infuse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ingrain — (v.) 1766, see ENGRAIN (Cf. engrain). Figurative use, of qualities, habits, etc., attested from 1851 (in ingrained). Of dyed carpets, etc., 1766, from in grain …   Etymology dictionary

  • ingrain — *infuse, suffuse, imbue, inoculate, leaven Analogous words: impregnate, saturate, *permeate, pervade, impenetrate, interpenetrate: instill, inculcate, *implant: incorporate, embody (see IDENTIFY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ingrain — [in grān′, in′grān΄; ] for adj. [ in′grān′; ] for n. [ in′grān΄] vt. [see ENGRAIN] 1. to dye in the fiber before manufacture 2. to work into the fiber; infuse deeply: chiefly in a figurative sense, and in the past participle adj. 1. dyed in the… …   English World dictionary

  • ingrain — v. /in grayn /; adj., n. /in grayn /, v.t. 1. to implant or fix deeply and firmly, as in the nature or mind. adj. 2. ingrained; firmly fixed. 3. (of fiber or yarn) dyed in a raw state, before being woven or knitted. 4. made of fiber or yarn so… …   Universalium

  • ingrain — [17] Ingrain means literally ‘work into the grain’ (of fabric, originally) – whence the main metaphorical sense of ingrained, ‘deepseated’. But there is much more to the story of ingrain than that. Its ultimate source was engrainer ‘dye’, an Old… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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