enmesh

verb
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

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The battle for souls is a struggle for statistics, enmeshed in the changing loyalties of the world’s largest Christian church. Joseph Hellweg, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s Catholic Church faces competition and a troubled legacy even as it grows," 12 Sep. 2019 Since the show has been on the air, the women of Claws have graduated from laundering money through their nail salon to becoming enmeshed in political intrigue involving a casino, private prisons, and international cartels. Cate Young, Vox, "Claws is a love letter to the proud, strip mall–fabulous American woman," 2 Aug. 2019 But the new details — some of which have been reported by news outlets including BuzzFeed and Reuters over the last year — show how deeply Mr. Falwell was enmeshed in Mr. Cohen’s and Mr. Trump’s world. Frances Robles, New York Times, "The Evangelical, the ‘Pool Boy,’ the Comedian and Michael Cohen," 18 June 2019 Wiretapped conversations in San Juan revealed that Gerena, the $7 million and Hartford’s politically energized Puerto Rican community were enmeshed in an armed rebellion thousands of miles to the south. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "New film revisits man behind infamous Wells Fargo robbery in West Hartford in 1983 by Puerto Rican nationalists," 24 Aug. 2019 Huawei has become enmeshed in the trade war between Washington and Beijing, with President Donald Trump showing a willingness to use the sanctions as a bargaining chip. Fortune, "Trump Administration Gives Smaller Wireless Companies More Time to Cut Off Huawei," 19 Aug. 2019 Taylor Swift, one of pop music’s most polarizing superstars, is enmeshed in another very public battle, and the world has promptly, predictably, divvied up into pro- and anti-Swift camps. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "Taylor Swift, entitled millionaire, is the labor activist the music industry needs," 3 July 2019 Bevin is currently enmeshed in a bizarre legal fight with his lieutenant governor over a staffing dispute. Wire Service Reports, oregonlive.com, "Trump pledges student loan debt forgiveness for disabled veterans as he addresses AMVETS convention," 21 Aug. 2019 Monday loan, Tuesday loan, blue shirt, yellow shirt: small, unsecured loans promoted by the government after the decades-long civil war ended in 2009 have enmeshed many women in hopeless debt. The Economist, "Microfinance is driving many Sri Lankan borrowers to despair," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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enmesh

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enmesh

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

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