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 Flies are also less prone to become tangled in rubber bags. Outdoor Life, "Four top-rated fishing nets that won’t leave you empty-handed," 27 Apr. 2020 But getting to one is a tangled process that can take days, if not weeks. New York Times, "In New York, Even a Count of Separated Children Proves Elusive," 22 June 2018 Finally, Liskay recommends buying or making a stripping basket to manage the line and avoid getting tangled on the rocks or pier. Andrew Pegman, Field & Stream, "How to Flyfish for Walleyes at Night," 10 Apr. 2020 More common on the streets are tangled narratives of trauma, abuse, loss, physical and mental illness, loneliness, addiction and paralyzing poverty, and yes, some peddle drugs, steal and prey on others to survive. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "Homelessness in L.A. is a catastrophe in motion, and our leaders are largely to blame," 4 June 2019 An easy-clean Caesarstone quartz countertop is paired with a Grothouse wood surface that has a charging pad built right in (meaning no tangled cords cluttering up your kitchen). Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "The Kitchen and Breakfast Room That Make You Look Forward to Cooking," 14 Oct. 2019 Your clothes should circulate or tumble freely, so they are thoroughly cleaned and dried and don't emerge from the machines in a tangled knot. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wash Jeans the Right Way — And Mistakes You Might Be Making," 30 Nov. 2017 This round case is best for things that won't get tangled—drop in your watch, bracelets, rings, or cuff links—but can just as easily be used as a general catch-all for things like keys or earbuds. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travel Jewelry Cases to Pack So You Don't Spend Your Whole Vacation Untangling Necklaces," 17 Mar. 2020 The state, where Latinos make up one-third of the population, has a tangled history of immigration politics. Hiroko Masuike, New York Times, "Virus Guidelines, Market Collapse, Primaries: Your Monday Evening Briefing," 16 Mar. 2020

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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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7 May 2020

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“Tangled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangled. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tangled

: twisted together into a knot
: complicated or confusing

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