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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Under a principle known as quantum entanglement, two particles can be linked together regardless of distance, forming what scientists call a quantum entangled pair. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How Quantum Radar Could Completely Change Warfare," 26 Aug. 2019 According to Oceana, entanglements in fishing gear and collisions with ships are the greatest threats to right whales in 2019. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Ninth North Atlantic Right Whale Found Dead This Year, Strengthening Extinction Concerns," 17 Sep. 2019 The movie series is based off Jenny Han’s bestselling trilogy following high schooler Lara Jean’s romantic entanglements. Dano Nissen, chicagotribune.com, "Third ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ movie is already in production," 16 Aug. 2019 According to the new study, ten dead vaquita have been found between 2016 and 2019; experts were able to determine the cause of death for eight of the animals, all of which had died due to entanglement in gillnets. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "There Are ‘At Most’ 19 Vaquitas Left in the Wild," 1 Aug. 2019 Mortalities numbered a few each year, predominantly from ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 The off-the-map road trip that follows is full of madcap twists and unexpected swerves, including shock revelations about Anna's romantic past and a chaotic entanglement with a glamorous Irish femme fatale, Jewel (Sarah Bolger). Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'End of Sentence': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 30 June 2019 Threats to the species include energy exploration and development, oil spills and clean up efforts, vessel strikes, human noise and entanglement in fishing gear. Sara Sneath, al, "Feds list Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whales as endangered," 12 Apr. 2019 Whale entanglements in 2015 through 2018 were more than double the annual average for the years 2000 to 2013, the report found. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Colder waters off West Coast mark end of “the blob”," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of entanglement

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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