entangle

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verb en·tan·gle \in-ˈtaŋ-gəl, en-\

Definition of entangle

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to wrap or twist together :  interweaveb :  ensnare

  3. 2a :  to involve in a perplexing or troublesome situation became entangled in a lawsuitb :  to make complicated the story is entangled with legends

entangler

play \in-ˈtaŋ-g(ə-)lər, en-\ noun

Examples of entangle in a sentence

  1. in the process of taking down the Christmas tree, we managed to entangle the string of lights into a hopeless mess of wires

  2. the young runaway gradually became entangled in a web of lies

Origin and Etymology of entangle

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


First Known Use: 15th century


ENTANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

entangle

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verb en·tan·gle \in-ˈtaŋ-gəl, en-\

Definition of entangle for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to get caught in or twisted with something else

  • : to get (someone) involved in a confusing or difficult situation


ENTANGLE Defined for Kids

entangle

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verb en·tan·gle \in-ˈtaŋ-gəl\

Definition of entangle for Students

entangled

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entangling

  1. 1 :  to make tangled or confused Don't entangle the ropes.

  2. 2 :  to catch in a tangle Birds were entangled in the net.



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