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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Cancer in central Appalachia is itself like an invasive tumor, and restoring health to the region means excising a tangled knot of issues with roots that extend far beyond the mountain range and into the very heart and soul of America. Jessica Wapner, Newsweek, "The Cancer Epidemic in Central Appalachia," 19 July 2015 But the tangled orbits of those lost worlds meant they were doomed to collide, producing fragments that also collided, producing still more fragments in a cataclysmic cascade that's been going on for more than 4 billion years. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Many asteroids might be remnants of 5 destroyed worlds, scientists say," 3 July 2018 Thick mats of seaweed have washed up on South Florida beaches in recent weeks, creating a tangled, squishy barrier between swimmers and the ocean. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Seaweed assaults South Florida beaches," 20 June 2018 Like the e-scooter wars, the ride-hailing wars are just as tangled and confusing. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Wednesday, June 13," 13 June 2018 The game nearly over, James jawed with both Curry and Klay Thompson , then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact. Janie Mccauley, courant.com, "Warriors Withstand James' 51 Points To Win NBA Finals Game 1," 1 June 2018 Matthew Kneale, a British novelist whose works reveal a deep understanding of the tangled human life of cities, has had the good idea of writing the biography of Rome not as a study in longevity but as a tale of disaster. Greg Woolf, WSJ, "‘Rome: A History in Seven Sackings’ Review: The City That Survived," 29 June 2018 Nick Young and Westbrook got tangled and fell in the process. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Report: NBA Won't Discipline Zaza Pachulia for Russell Westbrook Incident," 26 Feb. 2018 Embiid, who was making his playoff debut after suffering an orbital fracture near the end of the season, had gotten tangled up with Miami's Kelly Olynyk, causing part of his mask to fall apart. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA fines Justise Winslow $15,000 for stepping on Joel Embiid's mask in Game 3," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tangled

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tangled

: twisted together into a knot

: complicated or confusing

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