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 request to pay nearly $11 million in bonuses would require approval by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court where PG&E is enmeshed in a Chapter 11 proceeding to restructure its shattered finances. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "PG&E seeks $10.9 million in bonuses for execs amid wildfire woes, bankruptcy," 20 June 2019 In Lawrence’s telling, Yali was thoroughly enmeshed in an international economy and international politics. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "All Over the Map," 11 June 2019 The announcement comes as the city is enmeshed in a debate over where and how Baltimore teens spend their free time. Giana Han, baltimoresun.com, "First Charm City Games, Olympic-style youth-sports competitions, coming to Baltimore in July," 5 June 2019 Among the secretaries of state in attendance who are currently enmeshed in controversy over voting rights was New Hampshire’s, Bill Gardner, a Democrat. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "“I Now Have the Perspective of Both Sides”: 18 Voting Officials Take Civil Rights Tour," 13 May 2019 Throughout history, however, we’ve been enmeshed in the planet’s networks of life-forms eating one another. Quanta Magazine, "She Finds Clues to Future Sustainability in Old Food Webs," 21 Mar. 2019 The October vote is the first presidential election following a sprawling graft probe known as Operation Car Wash that has enmeshed most of Brazil’s political leadership. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Wide Open Election Season Kicks Off in Scandal-Plagued Brazil," 20 July 2018 The book’s heartbreaking climax doesn’t make the questions or answers any easier to swallow, and Mr. Orange leaves the reader enmeshed and hypnotized. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Actors and Entertainers," 10 Dec. 2018 So if the first year and a half of the Trump administration has been enmeshed in confusion and chaos, QAnon is the conspiratorial response: Everything is fine. Jane Coaston, Vox, "#QAnon, the scarily popular pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained," 1 Aug. 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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