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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.
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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  • Every few minutes the boat grinds to a halt as the prop becomes entangled in water plants.
  • Once caught and reeled in, these stories get entangled in a net of milestone memories.
British Dictionary definitions for entangled


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 entangled



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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