en·​mesh | \ in-ˈmesh How to pronounce enmesh (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly \ i(m)-​ˈmesh How to pronounce immesh (audio) \
enmeshed also immeshed; enmeshing also immeshing; enmeshes also immeshes

Definition of enmesh

transitive verb

: to catch or entangle in or as if in meshes deeply enmeshed in the plot

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enmeshment \ i(m)-​ˈmesh-​mənt How to pronounce enmeshment (audio) \ noun

Examples of enmesh in a Sentence

soon after Eli Whitney had invented it, others copied his cotton gin, and he spent the rest of his life enmeshed in lawsuits trying to protect his invention
Recent Examples on the Web American elites are enmeshed in the world of globalization — the enhanced travel and contacts, the multinational corporations, the NGOs. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Treason of the Elites," 24 Oct. 2019 Biden's extensive involvement in the country's fitful march toward reform has highlighted the political risks of becoming so deeply enmeshed in another country's murky domestic affairs. Author: Matt Viser, Paul Sonne, Anchorage Daily News, "Inside Biden’s brawling efforts to reform Ukraine," 20 Oct. 2019 Alford dove for a loose ball, became enmeshed with a Purdue player and was called for a foul. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "The Steve Alford story, Part 2: Learning from Bob Knight — the hard way," 13 Oct. 2019 Both are also ironic, formally experimental, skeptical of their narrators while deeply enmeshed in their particular way of seeing the world. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Boy, Uninterrupted," 10 Sep. 2019 Khris Davis, still enmeshed in the worst power slump of his Oakland career, was shifted down to seventh in the A’s order on Saturday for the first time this year. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Khris Davis moved down to 7th in A’s lineup," 17 Aug. 2019 Based in Hong Kong, the airline has become enmeshed in the city’s recent political strife. The Economist, "Business this week," 22 Aug. 2019 The battle for souls is a struggle for statistics, enmeshed in the changing loyalties of the world’s largest Christian church. Joseph Hellweg, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s Catholic Church faces competition and a troubled legacy even as it grows," 12 Sep. 2019 Since the show has been on the air, the women of Claws have graduated from laundering money through their nail salon to becoming enmeshed in political intrigue involving a casino, private prisons, and international cartels. Cate Young, Vox, "Claws is a love letter to the proud, strip mall–fabulous American woman," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of enmesh

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enmesh was in 1604

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English Language Learners Definition of enmesh

: to wrap or tangle (someone or something) in a net

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