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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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  • Then, after the editor is under obligations, favors are asked and the editor is enmeshed.

  • He cast the garment so that it enmeshed the sword when next it was advanced.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Detective Crowley was enmeshed in a mystery which he could not solve just then.

  • But the more she tossed the tighter she enmeshed herself in the web.

  • The memory of her beauty was like a net which enmeshed his thoughts when he tried to escape it.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
British Dictionary definitions for enmeshed


(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 enmeshed



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

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