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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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  • But the agency was ill prepared and enmeshed in bureaucratic rivalries.
  • It is not necessary to become so enmeshed with patients that one dies a thousand deaths at every loss.
  • But many philosophers scoff at the idea that they would get enmeshed in the issues of the day.
  • They were great architects deeply enmeshed in an urban chain of innovation.
  • Those who pursue lawsuits for wrongful dismissal through the courts can find themselves enmeshed for years.
  • enmeshed in it are struggles between principles more familiar to the rest of the world, which each side uses to press its case.
  • enmeshed in it, they balk at discussing its impossibilities.
  • It is typical in that it catches the ambiguity of those enmeshed and yet hostile lives.
  • The countries are now too economically enmeshed for anyone to disengage easily.
  • The delivery of nursing care is enmeshed in the health care policy decisions made at state and national levels.
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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