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

transitive verb

: to wrap or twist together : interweave
: to involve in a perplexing or troublesome situation
became entangled in a lawsuit
: to make complicated
the story is entangled with legends
entangler 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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Entangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entangle. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


en·​tan·​gle in-ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce entangle (audio)
: to make tangled or confused
: to involve in a tangle or a confusing or difficult situation

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