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tangle

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verb tan·gle \ˈtaŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of tangle

  • : to become or cause (something) to become twisted together

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tangle

tangled

tangling

play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to involve so as to hamper, obstruct, or embarrass

  3. 2 :  to seize and hold in or as if in a snare :  entrap

  4. 3 :  to unite or knit together in intricate confusion

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to interact in a contentious or conflicting way

  7. 2 :  to become entangled

Examples of tangle in a sentence

  1. This fishing line tangles easily.

  2. <was at last tangled in the web of lies that he had told to everyone>



Origin and Etymology of tangle

Middle English tanglen, tagilen, probably short for entanglen, from Anglo-French entagler, entangler to prosecute (for), implicate


First Known Use: 14th century


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tangle

noun tan·gle

Definition of tangle

  1. 1 :  a tangled twisted mass :  snarl

  2. 2a :  a complicated or confused state or conditionb :  a state of perplexity or complete bewilderment

  3. 3 :  a serious altercation :  dispute

  4. 4 :  neurofibrillary tangle



1615

First Known Use of tangle

1615


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tangle

noun tan·gle

Definition of tangle

  1. :  a large seaweed



Origin and Etymology of tangle

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thǫngull tangle, thang seaweed


First Known Use: 1536



TANGLE Defined for Kids

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tangle

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verb tan·gle \ˈtaŋ-gəl\

Definition of tangle for Students

tangled

tangling

  1. :  to twist or become twisted together into a mass that is hard to straighten out again




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tangle

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noun tan·gle

Definition of tangle for Students

  1. 1 :  a mass that is twisted together and hard to straighten <a tangle of yarn> <a tangle of branches>

  2. 2 :  a complicated or confused state




Medical Dictionary

tangle

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noun tan·gle \ˈtaŋ-gəl\

Medical Definition of tangle





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