entanglement

noun
en·​tan·​gle·​ment | \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl-mənt How to pronounce entanglement (audio) , en- \

Definition of entanglement

1a : the action of entangling : the state of being entangled
b : something that entangles, confuses, or ensnares a project delayed by legal entanglements
2 : the condition of being deeply involved their entanglement in politics

Examples of entanglement in a Sentence

his life is greatly complicated by his romantic entanglements
Recent Examples on the Web Snow Cone's first calf was killed by a boat, and the calf born during her entanglement has not been seen since April. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 Together at last and with no secrets left untold, the cop and the enigmatic damsel dissect their entanglement. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2022 The rules are intended to protect North Atlantic right whales, which number less than 340 and are vulnerable to entanglement in fishing gear. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2022 Vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are the two biggest threats to the giant animals, which number less than 340 and are falling in population. Patrick Whittle, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 Vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are the two biggest threats to the giant animals, which number less than 340 and are falling in population. Fox News, 29 July 2022 Vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are the two biggest threats to the giant animals, which number less than 340 and are falling in population. Patrick Whittle, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2022 Though classified to be of least concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, the seals remain vulnerable to entanglement in fishing nets and plastic debris, overfishing, mercury poisoning and oil spills. Shivya Nath, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Ship strikes are a leading cause of whale death, along with entanglement in fishing gear and malnutrition, according to the nonprofit Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of entanglement

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of entanglement was in 1535

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Last Updated

6 Oct 2022

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“Entanglement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entanglement. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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