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[en-tang-guh l] /ɛnˈtæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), entangled, entangling.
to make tangled; ensnarl; intertwine.
to involve in or as in a tangle; ensnare; enmesh:
to be entangled by intrigue.
to involve in difficulties.
to confuse or perplex.
Origin of entangle
1530-40; en-1 + tangle
Related forms
entangleable, adjective
entangledly, adverb
entangledness, noun
entangler, noun
entanglingly, adverb
interentangle, verb (used with object), interentangled, interentangling.
unentangleable, adjective
unentangled, adjective
unentangling, adjective
3. See involve. 4. bewilder. Unabridged
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  • But they are vexed about a seemingly endless flow of new regulations that entangle them in more and more red tape.
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  • Some have argued that introducing genocide will further entangle a process already beset by delays and confusion.
  • She should not continue to entangle herself with her mistake.
  • And so, the readiest way to entangle the mind with false doctrine, is first to entice the will to wanton living.
  • They found a way to entangle the polarization of transmitted photons with the momentum of an eavesdropper's photon.
  • Only well-designed research, executed well, can help dis-entangle these things.
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  • The researchers entangle a gold-coated fiber with an uncoated fiber.
  • She's careful not to get glue on the thorax, which might cause the butterfly to entangle itself in the antenna wire.
British Dictionary definitions for entangle


verb (transitive)
to catch or involve in or as if in a tangle; ensnare or enmesh
to make tangled or twisted; snarl
to make complicated; confuse
to involve in difficulties; entrap
Derived Forms
entangler, noun
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Word Origin and History for entangle

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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