en·​tan·​gle | \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce entangle (audio) , en-\
entangled; entangling; entangles

Definition of entangle

transitive verb

1a : to wrap or twist together : interweave
b : ensnare
2a : to involve in a perplexing or troublesome situation became entangled in a lawsuit
b : to make complicated the story is entangled with legends

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entangler \ in-​ˈtaŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce entangler (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of entangle in a Sentence

in the process of taking down the Christmas tree, we managed to entangle the string of lights into a hopeless mess of wires the young runaway gradually became entangled in a web of lies

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Once seen as an issue Connecticut lawmakers could take up quickly to compete with nearby states, sports betting has gotten entangled in the larger negotiations involving the tribes and a new casino. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Sports betting, a Bridgeport casino and esports at the XL Center. Here’s how expanded gambling could play out in Connecticut.," 6 Aug. 2019 In the novel, the main protagonist's mother, Lady Jessica, belongs to this order, and her son Paul Atreides is also entangled within the order's machinations. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Dune' Director Is Making a TV Show About the Bene Gesserit (aka the Original Jedi)," 11 June 2019 Pruitt’s condo controversy may entangle another Republican. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Why the Trump administration wants to open ANWR to drilling so quickly," 20 Apr. 2018 Lack of candor is a fireable offense, but like so much at the FBI, McCabe’s fate is also entangled in presidential politics and the special counsel investigation. Katie Benner And Matt Apuzzo, BostonGlobe.com, "McCabe, a symbol of Trump’s FBI ire, faces possible firing," 14 Mar. 2018 In 2019, the intersection of bartending and politics is more relevant than ever — thanks in part to AOC, but also because of other headlines entangling the profession in ongoing Washington drama. Chris Shott, Washington Post, "We asked bartenders to talk about a topic they traditionally avoid at work: politics.," 4 Sep. 2019 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 Harry was rescued by recreational boaters in early February, entangled in a large fishing net, off the Upper Keys. USA TODAY, "Burro bandits, sugarcane shake-up, naked bike ride: News from around our 50 states," 26 Aug. 2019 According to new research by scientists at the University of Exeter in the U.K., hundreds of sharks and rays are becoming entangled in plastic waste floating in the ocean. Fox News, "Hundreds of sharks and rays entangled in plastic, scientists say," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of entangle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for entangle

Middle English, from Anglo-French entangler — more at tangle entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of entangle

: to cause (something) to get caught in or twisted with something else
: to get (someone) involved in a confusing or difficult situation


en·​tan·​gle | \ in-ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce entangle (audio) \
entangled; entangling

Kids Definition of entangle

1 : to make tangled or confused Don't entangle the ropes.
2 : to catch in a tangle Birds were entangled in the net.

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