tangle

verb
tan·​gle | \ ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce tangle (audio) \
tangled; tangling\ ˈtaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tangle (audio) \

Definition of tangle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to unite or knit together in intricate confusion
2 : to involve so as to hamper, obstruct, or embarrass
3 : to seize and hold in or as if in a snare : entrap

intransitive verb

1 : to become entangled
2 : to interact in a contentious or conflicting way

tangle

noun (1)

Definition of tangle (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a matted, twisted mass : snarl
2a : a complicated or confused state or condition
b : a state of perplexity or complete bewilderment
3 : a serious altercation : dispute

tangle

noun (2)

Definition of tangle (Entry 3 of 3)

: a large seaweed

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Synonyms & Antonyms for tangle

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of tangle in a Sentence

Verb This fishing line tangles easily. was at last tangled in the web of lies that he had told to everyone

First Known Use of tangle

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun (1)

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tangle

Verb

Middle English tanglen, tagilen, probably short for entanglen, from Anglo-French entagler, entangler to prosecute (for), implicate

Noun (2)

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thǫngull tangle, thang seaweed

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The first known use of tangle was in the 14th century

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Tangkhul

tangle

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“Tangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangle. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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tangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tangle

: to become or cause (something) to become twisted together

tangle

verb
tan·​gle | \ ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce tangle (audio) \
tangled; tangling

Kids Definition of tangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to twist or become twisted together into a mass that is hard to straighten out again

tangle

noun

Kids Definition of tangle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a mass that is twisted together and hard to straighten a tangle of yarn a tangle of branches
2 : a complicated or confused state

tangle

noun
tan·​gle | \ ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce tangle (audio) \

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