entrench vs intrench what difference

what is difference between entrench and intrench


Alternative forms

  • intrench (archaic)


Mid-16th century. en- +‎ trench


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪnˈtɹɛntʃ/, /ɛnˈtɹɛntʃ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛnˈtɹɛntʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛntʃ
  • Hyphenation: en‧trench


entrench (third-person singular simple present entrenches, present participle entrenching, simple past and past participle entrenched) (transitive, intransitive)

  1. (construction, archaeology) To dig or excavate a trench; to trench.
  2. (military) To surround or provide with a trench, especially for defense; to dig in.
    The army entrenched its camp, or entrenched itself.
  3. (figuratively) To establish a substantial position in business, politics, etc.
    Senator Cornpone was able to entrench by spending millions on each campaign.
    • 2013 September 28, Kenan Malik, “London Is Special, but Not That Special,” New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
      For London to have its own exclusive immigration policy would exacerbate the sense that immigration benefits only certain groups and disadvantages the rest. It would entrench the gap between London and the rest of the nation. And it would widen the breach between the public and the elite that has helped fuel anti-immigrant hostility.
  4. To invade; to encroach; to infringe or trespass; to enter on, and take possession of, that which belongs to another; usually followed by on or upon.
  5. To cut in; to furrow; to make trenches in or upon.
  6. (figuratively) To become completely absorbed in and fully accept one’s beliefs, even in the face of evidence against it and refusing to be reasoned with.


  • (dig): trench
  • (surround with a trench): dig in
  • (establish a solid, firm financial position): consolidate




intrench (third-person singular simple present intrenches, present participle intrenching, simple past and past participle intrenched)

  1. Archaic form of entrench.
    • We are not to intrench upon truth in any conversation, but least of all with children.
    • 1836, Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, The American in England (page 269)
      Intrenched within the citadel of our apartment, and cheered by the comfortings of a coal fire, we passed the day in letter-writing, conversation, or gazing from the sheltered security of our windows upon the agitated sea []

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