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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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

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

  1. (transitive) To tangle up; to twist or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated
    The dolphins became entangled in a fishing net.
  2. (transitive) To involve in such complications as to render extrication difficult
  3. (transitive, figuratively), to ensnare; to perplex; to bewilder; to puzzle
  4. (transitive) 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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