em·​broil | \ im-ˈbrȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce embroil (audio) \
embroiled; embroiling; embroils

Definition of embroil

transitive verb

1 : to throw into disorder or confusion
2 : to involve in conflict or difficulties embroiled in controversy

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Other Words from embroil

embroilment \ im-​ˈbrȯi(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce embroilment (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for embroil


bog (down), broil, embrangle, mire

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Examples of embroil in a Sentence

His stand on this issue has embroiled him in controversy. The new drug has been embroiled in controversy. They were embroiled in a complicated lawsuit.
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Mnuchin earlier urged China to rejoin talks on the dispute that has embroiled the two largest economies in a trade war. Washington Post, "The Latest: G-20 finance officials: Trade risks intensifying," 9 June 2019 Mnuchin earlier urged China to rejoin talks on the dispute that has embroiled the two largest economies in a trade war. Fox News, "The Latest: Mnuchin says talks with PBOC's Yi 'constructive'," 9 June 2019 The fight off the pitch The U.S. women’s team enters this World Cup embroiled in a lawsuit with its employer. Sean Gregory, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to Team USA as the 2019 Women's World Cup Gets Underway," 7 June 2019 Riddell was among 50 people charged last month in the scam, which embroiled elite universities across the country and laid bare the lengths to which status-seeking parents will go to secure their children a coveted spot. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam," 13 Apr. 2019 In her brief cameo, Devyn is an assistant to a businessman that Chuck is trying to win over, before of course embroiling himself in a scheme with Blair. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""The Bold Type" Star Meghann Fahy on Her "Terrifying" First TV Gig on "Gossip Girl"," 9 Apr. 2019 Getting to that point had been a rocky road, as Grant’s three children and their stepmother, Stacy Grant, became embroiled in a legal dispute over the farm. BostonGlobe.com, "With family grown apart, historic farm is in the middle," 13 July 2018 The National Action Party, which ruled between 2000 and 2012 and became embroiled in a grisly drug war, was seen winning 82 seats in the lower house and 24 in the Senate, according to Mitofsky, well below their 2012 tallies. Gabriel Stargardter And Miguel Gutierrez, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's López Obrador will dominate Congress, with record female contingent," 5 July 2018 Though bombing serves can be a natural advantage on grass, Isner has neutralized that weapon by getting embroiled in too many marathon matches at Wimbledon. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "USA's John Isner hopes to break third-round curse at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of embroil

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embroil

French embrouiller, from Middle French, from en- + brouiller to jumble, from Old French brooilier, from Vulgar Latin *brodiculare — more at broil

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The first known use of embroil was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of embroil

: to involve (someone or something) in conflict or difficulties

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to take the place or position of

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