en·​mesh | \ in-ˈmesh How to pronounce enmesh (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ i(m)-​ˈmesh How to pronounce enmesh (audio) \
enmeshed also immeshed; enmeshing also immeshing; enmeshes also immeshes

Definition of enmesh

transitive verb

: to catch or entangle in or as if in meshes deeply enmeshed in the plot

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Other Words from enmesh

enmeshment \ i(m)-​ˈmesh-​mənt How to pronounce enmesh (audio) \ noun

Examples of enmesh in a Sentence

soon after Eli Whitney had invented it, others copied his cotton gin, and he spent the rest of his life enmeshed in lawsuits trying to protect his invention
Recent Examples on the Web The country’s impending departure from the bloc could also enmesh regulators in a legal mess if an EU court were to hear challenges over a jurisdiction where the EU would no longer hold sway. Aoife White, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Takes Over EU Review of Liberty-Telefonica Deal," 19 Nov. 2020 The proximity of the company’s inner circle to power would enmesh Simulmatics in Vietnam a few years later. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Anti-Democratic Origins of Voter Prediction," 8 Sep. 2020 The party is enmeshed in a blame game for the defeat, with some members accusing the socialist Corbyn of veering too far to the left and making lavish spending promises that voters regarded as unrealistic. Washington Post, "5 contenders vie to lead UK Labour back from election defeat," 13 Jan. 2020 From learning how to rock a fedora to mastering the art of the Mid-Atlantic accent, Hollywood required the entire cast to enmesh themselves in the era. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Watch the Hollywood cast talk their Golden Age series and Patti LuPone's basement," 29 Apr. 2020 The official currently in line to succeed Rossello -- Vazquez, a member of Rossello’s New Progressive Party -- has herself been enmeshed with old institutions for decades. Michael Deibert, Fortune, "Puerto Rico Governor’s Resignation Shakes Bankrupt Island," 25 July 2019 After a career as a journalist, Mr. Johnson was elected to Parliament in 2001, where he was enmeshed in some controversy, and was fired from the opposition leadership team, after falsely denying reports of an extramarital affair. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Sure, Boris Johnson Is Funny. But Has He Ever Done a Job Well?," 22 July 2019 The 2020 Oscars will forgo a host for the second year in a row, citing success from last year’s awards after Kevin Hart became enmeshed in controversy. Mariel Wamsley, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Homeland’ and ‘High Maintenance’," 9 Feb. 2020 But over the months that followed, Lopez and other friends watched with growing unease as Garland became enmeshed in the couple’s lives, and Cuellar drifted away from Krause. Los Angeles Times, "They lived on the porous border between haves and have-nots. They died in a double murder-suicide," 10 Oct. 2019

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1604, in the meaning defined above

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“Enmesh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enmesh. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enmesh

: to wrap or tangle (someone or something) in a net

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