en·​snarl | \ in-ˈsnär(-ə)l How to pronounce ensnarl (audio) , en- \
ensnarled; ensnarling; ensnarls

Definition of ensnarl

transitive verb

: to involve in a snarl

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Examples of ensnarl in a Sentence

for two years the couple was ensnarled in the red tape of an international adoption
Recent Examples on the Web Those exact questions would divide state government and ensnarl Utah’s COVID-19 response in politics as hundreds, and then thousands, of Utahns fell ill while the coronavirus spread worldwide. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 All the while, their suspicions focused on Mr. Dulos, with whom she had been ensnarled in a bitter, yearslong custody battle. Michael Gold, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2020 That led to a police chase that ended in Miramar, where the robbers became ensnarled in traffic and exchanged gunshots with the police. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Dec. 2019 The site is part of what was once envisioned as a downtown neighborhood featuring hundreds of new homes, but the original plan by developer Zaremba Inc. was ensnarled by challenges from the start. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland.com, 5 Sep. 2019 Yost is leading a wide-ranging investigation into Cuyahoga County government and the jail that has ensnarled members of Budish’s administration. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, 30 Aug. 2019 The world seems to be careening into more and more disorder, and American politics in particular is hopelessly ensnarled in partisan dysfunction. Sean Illing, Vox, 20 Dec. 2018 The controversies that have ensnarled Chang have run the gamut, from budget cuts and school closures to turbulent leadership at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Feb. 2018 McCabe has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, but is now ensnarled in a criminal investigation by the US Attorney's office in DC based on the inspector general's findings -- a searing reminder of the gravity of the office's powers. Laura Jarrett, CNN, 16 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of ensnarl

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ensnarl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensnarl. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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