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entangle

[en-tang-guh l]
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verb (used with object), en·tan·gled, en·tan·gling.
  1. to make tangled; ensnarl; intertwine.
  2. to involve in or as in a tangle; ensnare; enmesh: to be entangled by intrigue.
  3. to involve in difficulties.
  4. to confuse or perplex.
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Origin of entangle

First recorded in 1530–40; en-1 + tangle1
Related formsen·tan·gle·a·ble, adjectiveen·tan·gled·ly, adverben·tan·gled·ness, nounen·tan·gler, nounen·tan·gling·ly, adverbin·ter·en·tan·gle, verb (used with object), in·ter·en·tan·gled, in·ter·en·tan·gling.un·en·tan·gle·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·tan·gled, adjectiveun·en·tan·gling, adjective

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3. See involve. 4. bewilder.
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  • Bunyan rather looked on him as a false friend trying to entangle him.

    Bunyan

    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.


British Dictionary definitions for entangle

entangle

verb (tr)
  1. to catch or involve in or as if in a tangle; ensnare or enmesh
  2. to make tangled or twisted; snarl
  3. to make complicated; confuse
  4. to involve in difficulties; entrap
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Derived Formsentangler, noun
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Word Origin and History for entangle

v.

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

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