en·mesh | \in-ˈmesh, en-\
variants: or less commonly \i(m)-ˈmesh \
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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for enmesh


catch up, ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entrap, mesh, net, snare, tangle, trap


disentangle, untangle

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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

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They are enmeshed in a complex relationship that will continue indefinitely. Andrew Kennedy, Washington Post, "Trump takes aim at China’s tech sector. That could hurt U.S. innovation.," 11 June 2018 Avoiding such conversations was untenable with service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, who were enmeshed in messy counterinsurgency campaigns that often involved close-range killing and noncombatants. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Among the many minors enmeshed in bureaucratic ambiguity is Ashly Anahoni Batres Gonzalez, 7, the sole child of Batres and Gonzalez. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "'What if I lose her forever?' In Guatemala, a couple fears for their child still in detention in U.S.," 10 July 2018 The Bessons are citizens, students and workers, enmeshed in networks of solidarity that offer at least a partial, fragile promise of protection. Xavier Legrand, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Custody,’ a Father Terrorizes His Family," 27 June 2018 The strength of the U.S. economy remains a bright spot for a presidency otherwise enmeshed in scandal and therefore a rallying point for Trump supporters. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump claims we're enjoying the best economy ever. But we're not," 6 June 2018 But for others enmeshed in the nearly week-old drama — including Mayor Kenney and his Police Department — the future is harder to discern and fraught with risk. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "For 'Abolish ICE' protesters and the targets of their ire, what's next?," 6 July 2018 But this is not the first time Duplantis has been enmeshed in the preacher private plane debate. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Televangelist wants his followers to pay for a $54-million private jet. It would be his fourth plane," 30 May 2018 However, Bangladesh has long been enmeshed in Asia’s yaba trade. Laignee Barron, Time, "Bangladesh's Deadly Narcotics Crackdown Sparks Fears of a Philippines-Style Drug War," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of enmesh

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enmesh was in 1604

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English Language Learners Definition of enmesh

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

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one that holds something together

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