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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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 Offshore bordering demonstrates just how profoundly immigration control is enmeshed in international hierarchies of power and wealth. Paul A. Kramer, The New Republic, "The Harsh World of Offshore Borders," 8 Aug. 2019 Chang started the effort while Boston Latin School was enmeshed in controversy over racial discrimination that some black students had experienced there, sparking a federal probe that found the Civil Rights Act had been violated. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston exam schools and their admission standards are again the focus of controversy," 20 June 2019 In some ways, their simple design and off-white coloring looked as dated to me as mom jeans, as obsolete as a tape player, and as intrinsically enmeshed with my adolescent fashion preferences as big bangs and shoulder pads. Washington Post, "They’re back: The shoes I wore in junior high school," 6 June 2019 America remains enmeshed in a culture war, and country music often sits at its center. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "Country music stands at a moment of great racial change. Or so its biggest cable network believes.," 1 Aug. 2019 But the time spent on this subject is overshadowed by his other favorite long-running pastime, expressing sympathy for rich and powerful men enmeshed in scandal. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Dave Chappelle on Broadway: The Joke Is Getting Old," 10 July 2019 And by the end of 2013, the world’s newest nation was enmeshed in its own horrific civil war. Fox News, "More than 100 civilians killed by violence outbreak in South Sudan," 3 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of enmesh

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

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to spread over or through

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