ingrain | ingrained

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establish something firmly

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ingrain - instil

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To ‘ingrain’ means to impress something, such as an idea or habit, firmly onto the mind or basic nature of somebody. The word implies that once it has firmly taken root, it will be very difficult if not impossible to change. By extension, it can also be used to refer to dirt that gets under the surface of something thus making it very difficult to remove. Most commonly used in its simple past and past participle form ‘ingrained’.

Antonyms repulse,counteract

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  1. As a parent, I feel it is my duty to ingrain good behavioural habits in my children from an early age.

  2. David has a deeply ingrained belief in what he is doing, so there’s no way any of us are going to be able to talk him out of it.

  3. Restrictions on alcohol will never work because it has become such an ingrained part of our culture.

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