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"ingrained" in British English

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ingrainedadjective

uk   us   /ɪnˈɡreɪnd/

ingrained adjective (BELIEFS)

(of ​beliefs) so ​firmlyheld that they are not ​likely to ​change: Such ingrained ​prejudices cannot be ​correctedeasily. The ​belief that you should own ​yourhouse is deeply ingrained inoursociety.

ingrained adjective (DIRT)

Ingrained ​dirt has got under the ​surface of something and is ​difficult to ​remove: The ​oil had ​become ingrained in his ​skin.
(Definition of ingrained from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ingrained" in American English

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ingrainedadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪnˈɡreɪnd, ˈɪnˌɡreɪnd/
(of ​beliefs, ​attitudes, or ​habits) so ​established that they are ​difficult to ​change: Saying “Thank You” ​became such a ​deeply ingrained ​habit that he never ​forgot to do it.
(Definition of ingrained from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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