entangle

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EtymologyEdit

From the Middle English entanglen (to involve [someone] in difficulty”, “to embarrass). Equivalent to en- +‎ tangle.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛnˈtaŋɡəl/, [ɛnˈtaŋɡl̩]

VerbEdit

entangle (third-person singular simple present entangles, present participle entangling, simple past and past participle entangled)

  1. To tangle; to twist or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated; to make confused and intricate; as, to entangle yarn or the hair.
  2. To involve in such complications as to render extrication difficult; hence, metaphorically, to insnare; to perplex; to bewilder; to puzzle; as, to entangle the feet in a net, or in briers.
  3. To involve in difficulties or embarrassments; to embarrass, puzzle, or distract by adverse or perplexing circumstances, interests, demands, etc.; to hamper; to bewilder.

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Last modified on 12 April 2014, at 13:32