tangled

adjective

tan·​gled ˈtaŋ-gəld How to pronounce tangled (audio)
1
: existing in or giving the appearance of a state of utter disorder
2
: very involved : exceedingly complex

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 Public records show a tangled web of corporations associated with Simpson. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2024 These requirements add considerable costs and endless delays to every project, forcing developers to spend years navigating the tangled web of red tape before even breaking ground. Christopher Calton, Orange County Register, 16 Apr. 2024 As the case unfolded, so did Pan’s tangled web of lies. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 15 Apr. 2024 George’s scheming mother, Mary (Julianne Moore), plots his ascendancy, as George seduces the king and navigates the tangled web of the Stuart court. Ew Staff Published, EW.com, 5 Apr. 2024 Ultimately, the pot should be about the same size as the tangled mass of roots. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Mar. 2024 The battle between Charter Communications and Walt Disney, spurred due to cord-cutting, is now getting very tangled. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 4 Sep. 2023 Unlike the Miami transit service that gives the film its title and gets from first to final stop in just 16 minutes, Omni Loop takes time to wade through its tangled thicket of set-up and draw you in. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2024 Shop for bare roots: Choose plants with pliable roots that are not too tangled. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Tangled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangled. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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