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 And a Wisconsin trucker was forced to park his $195,000 rig to wait for a simple aluminum part caught in a tangled supply chain. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021 In recent weeks, top administration officials have worked to hammer out agreements among ocean carriers, port executives, terminal operators and trucking companies to smooth tangled supply lines. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 1 Dec. 2021 The idea of a Super League — one excluding the English teams — may not remain tangled in the European Parliament for long. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Some ground covers may also need regular thinning to keep the plants from growing into a tangled mat where moisture is trapped and air can’t circulate. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 20 Nov. 2021 Every home has that one drawer where unknown or inoperative chargers go to become a tangled mess. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Dec. 2021 Researchers are investigating drugs that block the coronavirus helicase, leaving the virus’s genes in a tangled mess. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 The tangled mess of agendas at the heart of digital transformation efforts. Davie Sweis, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 The latter can send you into a snag and lead to a tangled mess in short order. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2021

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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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“Tangled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangled. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of tangled

: twisted together into a knot
: complicated or confusing

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