en·​mesh | \ in-ˈmesh How to pronounce enmesh (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ i(m)-​ˈmesh How to pronounce immesh (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 enmeshment (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 Bryan R Smith/Reuters The world is enmeshed in a trade war. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Stocks Are on the Verge of the Best Year Since 1997," 27 Dec. 2019 Major classical-music institutions are generally too enmeshed in networks of power to make meaningful gestures of resistance. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Notable Performances of 2019 and of the Decade," 14 Dec. 2019 For much of the 20th century, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia were enmeshed. Jason Karlawish, STAT, "Aducanumab: the beginning of the end of Alzheimer’s disease?," 6 Dec. 2019 Washington — As a special assistant to President Trump, Kash Patel's area of responsibility includes counterterrorism, but over the last few weeks, he's also been enmeshed in Ukraine. CBS News, "White House staffer Kash Patel denies he was back channel to Trump on Ukraine," 4 Dec. 2019 With Christmas approaching in New York City, Jessica, an archival historian enmeshed in a declining romantic relationship, is hired to create an exhibition honoring the history of Christmas at the Plaza Hotel. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Everything you need to know about all 105 new Christmas TV movies," 22 Nov. 2019 Two people unrelated to Frazee or Berreth became enmeshed in the case when Frazee walked into their workplaces after Berreth’s disappearance. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee’s seeming lack of concern for missing fiancée, odd behavior stood out to witnesses," 4 Nov. 2019 Currently, Parker is enmeshed in a sea of fine dust particles—so much so that one of its apertures was actually pierced by a tiny, tiny speck of dust and is now out of commission. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What We Just Learned About the Sun from the Fastest Spacecraft Ever," 5 Dec. 2019 Still, both Corosine and Alaoui promise that as Moga expands and their roots (and financing) strengthen in the community, the ancient city once known as Mogador will grow further enmeshed into the fabric of Moga. Nicolas Stecher, Billboard, "Morocco's Moga Festival Shines Bright With Blond:ish, Kenny Dope and Local Roots," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of enmesh

1604, in the meaning defined above

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“Enmesh.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enmesh. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of enmesh

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

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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