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[en-mesh] /ɛnˈmɛʃ/
verb (used with object)
to catch, as in a net; entangle:
He was enmeshed by financial difficulties.
Also, immesh, inmesh.
Origin of enmesh
First recorded in 1595-1605; en-1 + mesh
Related forms
enmeshment, noun Unabridged
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  • He had no fear of the consequences of his attempt to enmesh Louise Treharne.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • He was leading the way into a trap, long set, which was sure to enmesh its prey.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • What misshapen gargantuan of nebulous formed flesh, hurls out its flood of darkness, the systems to enmesh.

  • I let my father do as he pleases; he daily seeks to enmesh me more and more in the affairs of the town, and I submit.

    The Youth of Goethe Peter Hume Brown
  • Both must appear sad and joyless in the extreme, and enmesh the beholder in blackest pessimism.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • If one man is to run a hedge round a pasture, the pasture must first be stripped of the rights of common which enmesh it.

  • Ross strove to enmesh them in the robe, using the pressure of his body to slam them all on the buttons and levers of the board.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • He maintained his position, and was condemned to death as a traitor, under the law which had been framed expressly to enmesh him.

    Ten Tudor Statesmen Arthur D. Innes
  • All his anxiety was that Cesare should enmesh himself deep enough; and then—!

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • If her behaviour had been designed to draw him on and enmesh him completely, it could not have been more effective.

    The Honour of the Clintons Archibald Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for enmesh


(transitive) to catch or involve in or as if in a net or snare; entangle
Derived Forms
enmeshment, noun
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Word Origin and History for enmesh

c.1600, from en- (1) + mesh (v.). Related: Enmeshed; enmeshing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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