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

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 School districts have shared concerns that the new state law could entangle them in a legal fight over differing interpretations of the law. Stephen Gruber-miller And Ian Richardson, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2022 Football is over, and baseball has none of the exposure to international politics that entangle the NBA with China or the NHL with Russian players. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 11 Mar. 2022 Birds, fish and whales are unlikely to suffer much harm from the Block Island wind farm, but no one knows how a thousand turbines might affect those creatures, especially floating turbines, whose cables could potentially entangle large whales. Elizabeth Royte, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Few other platforms in the U.S. arsenal have done more to irreversibly entangle the U.S. in alliance structures that are, today, proving their value in standing tall against creeping authoritarianism. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Successful negotiations, however, could improve views of China as a responsible global leader, while failure could further entangle it in the centuries-old security disputes of Europe. Bloomberg.com, 9 Mar. 2022 The crisis has threatened to entangle countries far beyond Eastern Europe, including Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, whose airlines have been accused of playing into Mr. Lukashenko’s hands by flying migrants to Minsk, the Belarusian capital. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Once the saw pierces the outer fabric, the chain tears into the synthetic fibers below, which so thoroughly entangle the chain and its sprocket that both are stopped dead in their tracks. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2021 But in the end, Mr. Obama chose not to entangle the U.S. in another Middle East war or to be distracted from the top priority of confronting China and fortifying partnerships in Asia. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Entangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entangle. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for entangle


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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