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[en-mesh] /ɛnˈmɛʃ/
verb (used with object)
to catch, as in a net; entangle:
He was enmeshed by financial difficulties.
Also, immesh, inmesh.
Origin of enmesh
1595-1605; en-1 + mesh
Related forms
enmeshment, noun Unabridged
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  • The astonishing catching power of a net held him enmeshed at all points.

  • The memory of her beauty was like a net which enmeshed his thoughts when he tried to escape it.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • And, once the heart is enmeshed in the golden filaments, it is a most dolorous work to disentangle it.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • But she never had dreamed that he could be enmeshed by the wiles of the wife of his friend.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • Then, after the editor is under obligations, favors are asked and the editor is enmeshed.

British Dictionary definitions for enmeshed


(transitive) to catch or involve in or as if in a net or snare; entangle
Derived Forms
enmeshment, 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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