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 formsen·mesh·ment, noun
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Historical Examples of enmesh

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for enmesh


inmesh immesh


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

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

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