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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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 Thank goodness for supertitles that made sense of the sometimes-tangled streams of words. Ricahrd S. Ginell, latimes.com, "Long Beach Opera raises life's questions, loudly, in Stewart Copeland's 'Invention of Morel'," 19 Mar. 2018 For years now, the saga of bitcoin has been a tangled tale. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man who claims he created bitcoin committed perjury, lawsuit says," 15 May 2018 The trio’s tangled tale is, in fact, a thoroughly modern one, rife with powerful men behaving badly, abused women, tabloid headlines and way too many lawyers. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "All about the 'Girl' in the middle of the infamous Stanford White murder case," 22 Jan. 2018 Shocking stuff, but once the war was finished, the tan lines were destined to become more tangled yet. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "A scandalous, two-piece history of the bikini," 6 July 2018 In 2007, according to the National Post, an American fisherman had his thumb torn off when his equipment became tangled during a dispute with a Canadian competitor. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Canadian Fisherman Say U.S. Border Patrol Is ‘Harassing’ Their Boats in Disputed Waters Off Maine," 5 July 2018 Last summer at least 18 were found dead off the east coasts of Canada and the U.S. Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said Wednesday necropsies done on the 12 found in Canadian waters showed most had become tangled in fishing gear or hit by boats. Fox News, "Changes coming in Gulf of St Lawrence to help save whales," 28 Mar. 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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