entangle

verb
en·​tan·​gle | \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce entangle (audio) , en- \
entangled; entangling; entangles

Definition of entangle

transitive verb

1a : to wrap or twist together : interweave
b : ensnare
2a : to involve in a perplexing or troublesome situation became entangled in a lawsuit
b : to make complicated the story is entangled with legends

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Other Words from entangle

entangler \ in-​ˈtaŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce entangle (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of entangle in a Sentence

in the process of taking down the Christmas tree, we managed to entangle the string of lights into a hopeless mess of wires the young runaway gradually became entangled in a web of lies
Recent Examples on the Web Garland, tasked with executing that vision, will play an integral role in litigation and reform efforts across the country, including some high-profile investigations that will politically entangle the White House. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Who is Merrick Garland? What to know about the longtime judge and Attorney General nominee," 21 Feb. 2021 American companies have done far less to stunt a single digital market in the EU than have, say, disparate consumption-tax regimes that entangle small businesses trying to ship across national boundaries. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Digital Power Play," 15 Dec. 2020 The companies are required to file reports with regulators documenting when the robotic system experiences a problem that requires the driver to take control - a mandate that could entangle the owners of Tesla vehicles in red tape. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "Tesla 'full self-driving' vehicles can't drive themselves," 22 Oct. 2020 Horror and comedy entangle themselves with each other in these great American works of satire until our laughter and our recoiling become almost the same. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "Nabokov, Steinberg, and Me," 7 Dec. 2020 President Donald Trump hasn't conceded the election but is already discussing a rematch in 2024, a prospect that could entangle President-elect Joe Biden and stymie other Republicans laying the groundwork for their own campaign. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "As he looks to 2024, Trump’s deep pockets mean barbs for Biden and GOP competitors," 6 Dec. 2020 Elena and Jonathan, in evening wear, energetically and wordlessly entangle. Eve Gerber, The Atlantic, "The Undoing Treats Domestic Violence Like a Striptease," 2 Dec. 2020 The companies are required to file reports with regulators documenting when the robotic system experiences a problem that requires the driver to take control - a mandate that could entangle the owners of Tesla vehicles in red tape. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "Tesla 'full self-driving' vehicles can't drive themselves," 22 Oct. 2020 The companies are required to file reports with regulators documenting when the robotic system experiences a problem that requires the driver to take control - a mandate that could entangle the owners of Tesla vehicles in red tape. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "Tesla 'full self-driving' vehicles can't drive themselves," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of entangle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for entangle

Middle English, from Anglo-French entangler — more at tangle entry 1

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The first known use of entangle was in the 15th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Entangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entangle. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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entangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of entangle

: to cause (something) to get caught in or twisted with something else
: to get (someone) involved in a confusing or difficult situation

entangle

verb
en·​tan·​gle | \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce entangle (audio) \
entangled; entangling

Kids Definition of entangle

1 : to make tangled or confused Don't entangle the ropes.
2 : to catch in a tangle Birds were entangled in the net.

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