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entrench

verb [T] uk   /ɪnˈtrentʃ/ mainly disapproving us  
to firmly establish something, especially an idea or a problem, so that it cannot be changed: The government's main task was to prevent inflation from entrenching itself.Not able to be changedKeeping and staying the same
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