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 His observation was a direct attack on the parochial approaches philosophers take and then entangle themselves in their own knotty problems. Norman B. Gildin, sun-sentinel.com, 11 June 2021 Nursing mothers who entangle themselves in nets also produce smaller calves, NPR reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 First, the researchers used photons to entangle two different diamonds, Alice and Bob. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, 3 June 2021 Young again claimed to hold church property as trustee-in-trust even without the charter, but upon his death in 1877, another caustic property dispute broke out among heirs, one of many family squabbles to entangle church finances. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2021 Their search for stability and trust in an unstable world, opens a unique window of opportunity for brands to hear their voices, entangle with this cohort and, in the process, perhaps, gain brand loyalty. Michael Stone, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Instead of hitting the drums repeatedly to entangle them multiple times, the second team created a long-lasting entanglement with a method that was more like a drum roll than a single stroke. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 6 May 2021 Nets are made with openings of varied sizes designed to entangle the fish, usually around the gills. Dallas News, 8 May 2021 Either path could lead to an ugly and dangerous war that would entangle the U.S. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 3 May 2021

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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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“Entangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entangle. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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