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tangle

verb tan·gle \ ˈtaŋ-gəl \

Definition of tangle

tangled; tangling play \ˈtaŋ-g(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to unite or knit together in intricate confusion
2 : to involve so as to hamper, obstruct, or embarrass
3 : to seize and hold in or as if in a snare : entrap
1 : to become entangled
2 : to interact in a contentious or conflicting way

Examples of tangle in a Sentence

  1. This fishing line tangles easily.

  2. was at last tangled in the web of lies that he had told to everyone

Origin and Etymology of tangle

Middle English tanglen, tagilen, probably short for entanglen, from Anglo-French entagler, entangler to prosecute (for), implicate


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tangle

noun

Definition of tangle

1 : a tangled twisted mass : snarl
2 a : a complicated or confused state or condition
b : a state of perplexity or complete bewilderment
3 : a serious altercation : dispute

First Known Use of tangle

1615

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tangle

noun

Definition of tangle

: a large seaweed

Origin and Etymology of tangle

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thǫngull tangle, thang seaweed



TANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

tangle

Definition of tangle for English Language Learners

  • : to become or cause (something) to become twisted together


TANGLE Defined for Kids

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tangle

verb tan·gle \ ˈtaŋ-gəl \

Definition of tangle for Students

tangled; tangling
: to twist or become twisted together into a mass that is hard to straighten out again

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tangle

noun

Definition of tangle for Students

1 : a mass that is twisted together and hard to straighten
  • a tangle of yarn
  • a tangle of branches
2 : a complicated or confused state

Medical Dictionary

tangle

noun tan·gle \ ˈtaŋ-gəl \

medical Definition of tangle



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