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[en-tang-guh l] /ɛnˈtæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), entangled, entangling.
to make tangled; ensnarl; intertwine.
to involve in or as in a tangle; ensnare; enmesh:
to be entangled by intrigue.
to involve in difficulties.
to confuse or perplex.
Origin of entangle
First recorded in 1530-40; en-1 + tangle1
Related forms
entangleable, adjective
entangledly, adverb
entangledness, noun
entangler, noun
entanglingly, adverb
interentangle, verb (used with object), interentangled, interentangling.
unentangleable, adjective
unentangled, adjective
unentangling, adjective
3. See involve. 4. bewilder. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for entangle
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  • Bunyan rather looked on him as a false friend trying to entangle him.


    James Anthony Froude
  • Yes; he contrived to entangle himself in some Jacobite plot.

  • I was determined to entangle Nepcote, and to free Hazel Rath.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • At present she has a mission too, which is to entangle me into a compromising position.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • She've no wiles to entangle you with; an' I 'low that she'd despise the use o' them anyhow.

    Harbor Tales Down North

    Norman Duncan
  • Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

    Coronation Anecdotes Giles Gossip
  • He meant it as a question, by which he hoped to entangle poor Rose.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • It was easy to entangle the two so that the answer fitted with his will, and he walked bewildered.

    Yonder Emily Hilda Young
  • What youve got to remember is that Im not trying to entangle him.

    The Romance of His Life

    Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for entangle


verb (transitive)
to catch or involve in or as if in a tangle; ensnare or enmesh
to make tangled or twisted; snarl
to make complicated; confuse
to involve in difficulties; entrap
Derived Forms
entangler, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for entangle

early 15c., from en- (1) + tangle (n.). Related: Entangled; entangling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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