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verb (used with object)
  1. to catch, as in a net; entangle: He was enmeshed by financial difficulties.

Origin of enmesh

First recorded in 1595–1605; en-1 + mesh

Other words from enmesh

  • en·mesh·ment, noun

Words Nearby enmesh

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How to use enmesh in a sentence

  • 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.

  • They let him thoroughly enmesh himself, and then produced the order, written entirely in his own hand.

  • 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
  • The fishermen he knew to be of predatory habits, and the promise of gold would enmesh them.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for enmesh


inmesh immesh

/ (ɪnˈmɛʃ) /

  1. (tr) to catch or involve in or as if in a net or snare; entangle

Derived forms of enmesh

  • enmeshment, noun

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