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

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Like so many ficus in San Francisco, the trees were growing in ways that weaken their tangled limbs, making them vulnerable to cracking off. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s budget for new trees surges, but city falls far short of planting goal," 28 June 2019 An American Air Force veteran who was accused of acting as a mercenary in Libya has been freed after a six-week detention in a murky episode that highlights the tangled nature of that country's civil war, officials said Tuesday. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "U.S. Air Force veteran accused as mercenary in Libya’s civil war is freed," 26 June 2019 Road law is a tangled knot, and Boise County had little money to grapple with it in court. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Who Gets to Own the West?," 22 June 2019 The tangled metal offers haven to fish and lobsters. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach’s maritime past lives on with Lofthus shipwreck," 21 June 2019 Working with her longtime cinematographer Agnès Godard, Denis renders Sophie’s tangled solitude and loose-ends bewilderment in incisively composed images of randomly sublime street action, including scenes framed by the apartment’s windows. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream This Weekend: A Claire Denis Car Commercial, Rescued from Obscurity," 14 June 2019 More: Cranley, Council talked about using private money to buy out Harry Black Politics Extra: Sittenfeld is trying to be everything to everyone To understand this tangled power struggle, a quick history lesson is first in order. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Why we should be concerned about former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery's text messages to City Council," 12 June 2019 That function resides with the state controller after a payment goes through a tangled state bureaucracy. Ralph Vartabedian, latimes.com, "High-speed rail route took land from farmers. The money they’re owed hasn’t arrived," 10 June 2019 And, like the tangled veins of cypress roots that meander this way and that in the swamp, everything in New Orleans is interrelated, wrapped around itself in ways that aren’t always obvious. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dr. John, dead at 77: Revisit our 2017 & 1989 interviews with Rock Hall of Famer," 7 June 2019

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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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