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

transitive verb

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

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enmesh was in 1604

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“Enmesh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enmesh. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​mesh in-ˈmesh How to pronounce enmesh (audio)
: to entangle in or as if in meshes
was enmeshed in a series of disputes

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