Definition of entanglement in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtaŋɡ(ə)lm(ə)nt/
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈtaŋɡ(ə)lm(ə)nt/


[mass noun]
1The action or fact of entangling or being entangled: many dolphins die from entanglement in fishing nets
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  • Humpback recovery looks strong, but threats such as boat traffic, entanglement in fishing gear, sonar noise, and disruption of habitat and food supply remain.
  • Those include pollution, boat strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, and developments that impact on whale breeding grounds, feeding grounds, and migration routes.
  • Toxic chemicals, oil spills, entanglement in fishing gear and depleted habitats are among the threats to California's sea otters.
1.1 [count noun] A complicated or compromising relationship or situation: romantic entanglements
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  • The storyline skips through similar romantic entanglements and political intrigues, en route to another happy ending.
  • Romantic and political entanglements begin to reveal themselves, exposing the secrets and baroque relationships among the townsfolk.
  • Given the single status of most of the characters, the plots naturally involve romantic entanglements and explicit sexual dialogue and situations.
involvement, complication, mix-up, adventure, undertaking
affair, relationship, love affair, romance, fling, flirtation, dalliance, liaison, involvement, attachment, affair of the heart, intrigue;
French affaire, affaire de/du cœur, amour
informal hanky-panky
British informal carry-on
1.2 [count noun] An extensive barrier, typically made of barbed wire and stakes, erected to impede enemy soldiers or vehicles: the attackers were caught up on wire entanglements
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  • Due to shortages of iron and steel barbed wire entanglements were erected using wood posts hammered into the ground.
  • In modern French, the term has come to be used for portable barbed wire entanglements.
  • It could have been the result of the considerable activity then going on along the coastline by defence preparations, with the laying of landmines and barbed wire entanglements.

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