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

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Examples of entanglement in a Sentence

his life is greatly complicated by his romantic entanglements

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Pressed about the long odds of his mounting a viable campaign, given his entanglements in scandal and his total lack of party support, Burkman thinks about it for a moment. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "They keep trying to smear Democrats, and keep failing," 4 June 2019 Taken together, the Times' reporting and Avenatti's document offer the most detailed picture to date on Cohen's business dealings and financial entanglements in the runup to and aftermath of the election. Author: Mike Mcintire, Ben Protess, Jim Rutenberg, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump lawyer got $500,000 from firm tied to Russia mogul," 9 May 2018 Back at Casa Hofstadter, Penny tells Beverly about Leonard’s new position as co-lead of the photon entanglement team. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 10 May 2019 Keep in mind, EN+ and Rusal are not accused of anything other than entanglement with Mr. Deripaska. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Schumer’s Russia Sanctions Gambit," 14 Jan. 2019 The state Department of Land and Natural Resources alerted the public to the whale shark's entanglement and urged them to report sightings of the large sea creature to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Whale shark unwrapped from fishing line by Hawaii family," 2 Aug. 2018 Roussos said most ghost nets are lost by accident due to storms, currents or entanglement rather than deliberately discarded. Washington Post, "Cleaning the seabed: Divers halt the carnage of ‘ghost’ nets," 8 June 2018 As the Wall Street Journal points out, scrapping the agreement wouldn’t end all of Cohen’s and Daniel’s legal entanglements with one another: Daniels also has a defamation claim against Cohen related to his public comments. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Michael Cohen wants to scrap the Stormy Daniels NDA," 8 Sep. 2018 Such data security assessments, have come under scrutiny in recent weeks, following Facebook’s entanglement with a political consultancy that improperly accessed the data of 87 million users. Hamza Shaban, BostonGlobe.com, "Twitter urges users to change their passwords after discovering a bug that revealed them internally," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of entanglement

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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