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 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 In that same spirit, readers of a certain age will nod their heads at several cultural references enmeshed with presidential politics. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Book Review: Presidential race once deemed most negative of modern times now looks quaint," 2 Feb. 2020 His decision thwarted the will of Congress, undercut an American ally enmeshed in a war with Russia and, according to a report last week by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, violated American law. New York Times, "Democrats Seek More Testimony and Evidence for Impeachment Trial," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of enmesh

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 13 Jul. 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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