entangle

verb en·tan·gle \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl , en- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of entangle

transitive verb
1 a : to wrap or twist together : interweave
b : ensnare
2 a : to involve in a perplexing or troublesome situation
  • became entangled in a lawsuit
b : 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

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Origin and Etymology of entangle

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


ENTANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

entangle

verb

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

verb en·tan·gle \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl \

Definition of entangle for Students

entangled; entangling
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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