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
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 entangler (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 For decades, the EC followed the logic of economic integration without entangling itself in political affairs. Peter Rough, National Review, "The European Union Needs More National Flexibility," 22 Apr. 2020 But the red lines in which Mr Johnson has entangled himself will probably keep such a deal out of reach. The Economist, "To stop no-deal, Tory MPs must be ready to bring down Boris Johnson," 27 July 2019 With more than 15,000 followers on Twitter, City Girl’s woozy, soothing electro-acoustic tracks, mostly instrumental, vibrate at a frequency that seems to entangle eardrums. Los Angeles Times, "Here are 5 awesome L.A. artists to support during Bandcamp’s COVID-19 initiative," 1 May 2020 Selah's rollercoaster story is one that Poe has been painstakingly working on for years now, a labour of love that is deeply entangled with her own biography. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Tayarisha Poe Doesn’t Need You To Love Selah from Selah & The Spades — But You Might See Yourself In Her," 22 Apr. 2020 Still, these mutually resentful women can’t disengage: their womanhood, and an accompanying unease in the world, keep them yoked together, entangled in talk. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Kathleen Collins’s Otherworldly Women," 20 Apr. 2020 But that is a special case, involving an official who was entangled in the impeachment fiasco. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "It’s the President’s Prerogative to Name a COVID-19 Spending Watchdog He Trusts," 8 Apr. 2020 This isn’t the first time The Weeknd and Usher have been entangled in headlines. Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE.com, "The Weeknd Claims Usher Copied His Style in Hit Song 'Climax': 'It Was Very Flattering'," 8 Apr. 2020 The second buck that was entangled with the potential state-record buck scored in the 160s. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Wisconsin Shed Hunter Might Set the State’s Next Whitetail Record With This Incredible Find," 26 Feb. 2020

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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 31 May. 2020.

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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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