tan·​gled | \ ˈtaŋ-gəld \

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

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But horizontal gene transfer is most frequent among microbes—especially our newfound friends, archaea—and HGT appears to generate a large share of the phylogenetic interconnections that make life such a tangled tree. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘The Tangled Tree’ Review: From Tiny Seeds," 9 Aug. 2018 Davis, it must be said, was no slouch herself, with four marriages ending in divorce (Harmon Nelson, Arthur Farnsworth, William Grant Sherry, and Gary Merrill) and many tangled affairs. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "The Real-Life Drama That Inspired Feud: Bette and Joan," 23 Feb. 2017 Everyone has these boats that go a gazillion miles an hour and you're bashed around and your hair is all tangled, and then you're supposed to wash them. Dylan Landis, House Beautiful, "Amanda Lindroth on Decorating Her Home in the Bahamas," 9 June 2012 These gigantic structures — each one several times the size of Earth — are made of hot, flowing gas and tangled magnetic field lines, ultimately driven by nuclear reactions in the solar core. Samantha Mathewson, Space.com, "Huge Solar 'Tornadoes' Don't Spin After All, Study Shows," 11 Apr. 2018 Keep your beard from getting tangled and unruly by brushing it everyday with a beard brush. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "How to Care for Your Beard," 5 Feb. 2018 Though there has been a push to digitize medical records, the tangled evolution of e-health technology has, for many patients, led to a fragmented paper trail filled with gaps. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Amazon will reportedly sell software that reads medical records," 27 Nov. 2018 As social media platforms continue to stage increasingly tangled culture wars, and personal data is siphoned up at every possible turn to feed advertising networks, Berners-Lee is rightfully dismayed that the Web is in poor health. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Tim Berners-Lee Wants a 'Magna Carta' to Save the Modern Internet. He's Way Too Late.," 8 Nov. 2018 The move aims to simplify Dell’s tangled corporate structure without weighing on its balance sheet. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Dell stock will trade publicly again, five years after leveraged buyout," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tangled

: twisted together into a knot
: complicated or confusing

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a servile follower or underling

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