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

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Examples of entanglement in a Sentence

his life is greatly complicated by his romantic entanglements
Recent Examples on the Web His new book becomes a guide to restore an understanding of karma to its original potential for freedom and empowerment instead of a source of entanglement. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The study authors said the No. 1 issue with smaller right whales is entanglement in fishing gear, especially ropes that have become stronger and harder for whales to shed. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 The study authors said the No. 1 issue with smaller right whales is entanglement in fishing gear, especially ropes that have become stronger and harder for whales to shed. Seth Borenstein, ajc, 4 June 2021 The study authors said the No. 1 issue with smaller right whales is entanglement in fishing gear, especially ropes that have become stronger and harder for whales to shed. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, 3 June 2021 The study authors said the No. 1 issue with smaller right whales is entanglement in fishing gear, especially ropes that have become stronger and harder for whales to shed. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 The study authors said the No. 1 issue with smaller right whales is entanglement in fishing gear, especially ropes that have become stronger and harder for whales to shed. Fox News, 3 June 2021 The study authors said the No. 1 issue with smaller right whales is entanglement in fishing gear, especially ropes that have become stronger and harder for whales to shed. NBC News, 3 June 2021 Since 2017, scientists have confirmed 34 right whale deaths in waters of the U.S. and Canada — with the leading causes being entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with boats and ships. al, 3 Apr. 2021

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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

26 Jul 2021

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“Entanglement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entanglement. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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