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entangle

Syllabification: en·tan·gle
Pronunciation: /inˈtaNGɡəl
 
, enˈtaNGɡəl
 
/

Definition of entangle in English:

verb

[with object] (usually be entangled)
1Cause to become twisted together with or caught in: fish attempt to swim through the mesh and become entangled
More example sentences
  • The staff was meticulously made, a devoutly curved and twisted wrap of gold entangling the base silver of it, with a single blood-red gem shaped like an orb tipping it.
  • He grabbed her hand and entangled their fingers together instead.
  • Inspired by South American cowboys, some forces deploy bolas, several yards of rope weighted with rubber balls, to entangle a suspect's legs.
Synonyms
twist, intertwine, entwine, tangle, ravel, snarl, knot, coil, mat
1.1Involve (someone) in difficulties or complicated circumstances from which it is difficult to escape: the case of murder in which she had found herself so painfully entangled
More example sentences
  • As suits a major drama, Bruce is entangled in a complex web that makes him feel more a victim than someone in control.
  • All she needed was the reassurance that the girl was not entangled in a messy relationship.
  • We are hopelessly entangled in dust, work and the British monetary system.
Synonyms
involve, implicate, embroil, mix up, catch up, bog down, mire

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