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

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 Unfortunately, the new service has limitations, as it's caught up in a tangled mess of arrangements with different services. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 This includes replacing the filter inside the vacuum regularly (check the manufacturer's instructions to see how often this should be), cutting any tangled hair out of the brush roll, and emptying out the dust bin after every use. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 July 2022 The verdict in the criminal trial of Elizabeth Holmes completes a chapter in the tangled tale of Theranos. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 Does the tangled halo of herbs, sliced Fresno chiles and cilantro buds atop the scallop resemble an exceptionally handsome squirrel’s nest? Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Spanning millions of square miles, the Amazon rain forest is home to more than 350 Indigenous ethnic groups, each with a culture as rich and complex as the forest’s own tangled roots. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 19 Apr. 2022 Water Activated Detangling Conditioner is a blessing for tangled hair, tight coils and dehydrated hair. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 And at home, the tangled politics of Britain’s break from the European Union has raised the possibility of the fracturing of the United Kingdom itself. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 The result of which is a tangled, decentralized web of unstructured data. Anupam Nandwana, Forbes, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tangled

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tangled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangled. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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