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entangle

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verb en·tan·gle \in-ˈtaŋ-gəl, en-\

Simple Definition of entangle

  • : to cause (something) to get caught in or twisted with something else

  • : to get (someone) involved in a confusing or difficult situation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of entangle

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to wrap or twist together :  interweave b :  ensnare

  3. 2 a :  to involve in a perplexing or troublesome situation <became entangled in a lawsuit> b :  to make complicated <the story is entangled with legends>

entangler

play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of entangle in a sentence

  1. <in the process of taking down the Christmas tree, we managed to entangle the string of lights into a hopeless mess of wires>

  2. <the young runaway gradually became entangled in a web of lies>



Origin and Etymology of entangle

Middle English, from Anglo-French entangler — more at tangle


First Known Use: 15th century


ENTANGLE Defined for Kids

entangle

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verb en·tan·gle \in-ˈtaŋ-gəl\

Definition of entangle for Students

entangled

entangling

  1. 1 :  to make tangled or confused <Don't entangle the ropes.>

  2. 2 :  to catch in a tangle <Birds were entangled in the net.>





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