en·tan·gle·ment | \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl-mənt , 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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Synonyms for entanglement


mesh(es), morass, net, noose, quagmire, snare, trap, web

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Examples of entanglement in a Sentence

his life is greatly complicated by his romantic entanglements

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Of those cases, 11.9 percent involved some form of entanglement, most commonly around the neck. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 The steel entanglement comes after the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord. Richard Bravo, Bloomberg.com, "Threat of Trade Brawl Hangs on Trump’s Looming Tariff Deadline," 31 May 2018 Taken together, The Times’s findings and Mr. Avenatti’s report offer the most detailed picture yet on Mr. Cohen’s business dealings and financial entanglements in the run-up to the election and its aftermath. New York Times, "Firm Tied to Russian Oligarch Made Payments to Michael Cohen," 8 May 2018 Fuller managed to stay on her feet despite several entanglements with other runners in the tight pack, finishing seventh in her heat in 4:15.92 and 17th overall. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Boise State's 'Baby-faced Assassin' handles NCAA prelims with ease," 7 June 2018 Any deal between Lampert and Sears would also deepen the reclusive executive's financial entanglement with the retailer amid its decline. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Sears CEO Eddie Lampert offers tentative deal for real estate, Kenmore," 23 Apr. 2018 The repercussions of their entanglement have nevertheless been costly. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 Since its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica became public, Facebook has pledged to review all third-party apps on the platform while introducing new transparency measures, including an online repository of all political ads that run on the site. Tony Romm And Elizabeth Dwoskin, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook is slapped with first fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal," 10 July 2018 The vision that propelled his ’68 crusade was clear and compelling, from ending our deadly entanglement in Vietnam and addressing the crisis in our cities to removing a sadly out-of-touch president. Larry Tye, BostonGlobe.com, "An open letter to Joe Kennedy III: Here’s how to run for president," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of entanglement

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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