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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The deaths were human-caused - the result of either entanglement or vessel strikes. Amanda Coletta, Anchorage Daily News, "North Atlantic right whales are migrating in new ways - and dying in the process," 2 Aug. 2019 As the particles experience yet more collisions with other air molecules, the entanglement spreads, and the superposition initially specific to the atom becomes ever more diffuse. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Darwinism, an Idea to Explain Objective Reality, Passes First Tests," 22 July 2019 The garden of prelapsarian innocence before the fall into global entanglements . . . Carlos Lozada, Washington Post, "Are we telling the right story of America?," 27 June 2019 The entire process is called entanglement swapping. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 The couple’s financial entanglements have raised eyebrows in the past. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made up to $135 million while working for free," 15 June 2019 Such entanglements could have been the basis for an awkward black comedy, or maybe even an effective family drama. Pat Padua, Twin Cities, "In comedy about cheating, cheap laughs overwhelm ‘Being Frank’," 27 June 2019 Such entanglements could have been the basis for an awkward black comedy, or maybe even an effective family drama. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Instead of funny and fresh, ‘Being Frank’ feels forced, awkward," 20 June 2019 Most of the deaths to animals are caused by entanglement or starvation. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "The world's plastic pollution crisis explained," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of entanglement

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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