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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Contemporary Examples of enmeshed

Historical Examples of enmeshed

  • 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.


    Ellen Glasgow

British Dictionary definitions for enmeshed


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 enmeshed



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

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