tan·​gled | \ ˈtaŋ-gəld How to pronounce tangled (audio) \

Definition of tangled

1 : existing in or giving the appearance of a state of utter disorder
2 : very involved : exceedingly complex

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Examples of tangled in a Sentence

it helps to have a lawyer to sort out the tangled contracts that home buyers typically have to contend with
Recent Examples on the Web The star shared an image on Instagram late on Sunday, showing the intricate web of tangled lines. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Grimes shows off the 'beautiful alien scars' she's had tattooed across her back," 12 Apr. 2021 Netanyahu’s possible desire to antagonize the Iranians and disrupt negotiations is only one wrinkle in the tangled politics surrounding the nuclear talks. Washington Post, "Israel plays spoiler in Biden’s Iran gambit," 14 Apr. 2021 How Philip acquired this unusual distinction is a tangled and frequently baffling tale. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Prince Philip’s Death and the Last Embers of British Stoicism," 9 Apr. 2021 But in Boston, chronic continuing shortages of bilingual support, and a persistent lack of school day flexibility, are among its tangled roots. BostonGlobe.com, "A year of grit and despair: For one class of immigrant students, the pandemic threatens to upend their educational dreams," 26 Mar. 2021 At the start of Good Girls, our heroines were living double lives, but their criminal enterprises have gotten more tangled and messy with each season. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "After What Happened In Season 3, Good Girls Has A New Mission: Growth," 8 Mar. 2021 The political fallout has left Austin finger pointing and short of solutions for sorting out a tangled, costly mess involving the state’s residents and its energy industry that’s part of the Texas legend. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Power supplier Vistra expects to take up to $1 billion hit from Texas’ epic winter storm," 26 Feb. 2021 When this jet-black carbon carpet absorbs light, its tangled mess of nanotubes warms. Max G. Levy, Wired, "Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light," 12 Feb. 2021 The screen shows a beryllium mirror segment laying motionless upon a shake table, embedded with hairsbreadth tolerances within a tangled nest of carbon-composite actuators and electrical wiring from the telescope’s backplane. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Mirror on the Cosmos: NASA's Next Big Telescope Takes Shape," 30 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of tangled

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tangled was in 1596

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30 Apr 2021

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“Tangled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangled. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tangled

: twisted together into a knot
: complicated or confusing

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