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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British Dictionary definitions for enmeshment


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 enmeshment



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

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