Entangle En*tan"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Entangling}.] 1. To twist or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated; to make tangled, confused, and intricate; as, to entangle yarn or the hair. [1913 Webster]

2. To involve in such complications as to render extrication a bewildering difficulty; hence, metaphorically, to insnare; to perplex; to bewilder; to puzzle; as, to entangle the feet in a net, or in briers. ``Entangling alliances.'' --Washington. [1913 Webster]

The difficulties that perplex men's thoughts and entangle their understandings. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Allowing her to entangle herself with a person whose future was so uncertain. --Froude. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • entangled — adj. 1. in a confused mass. Contrasted with {untangled}. [Narrower terms: {afoul(postnominal), foul, fouled}; {knotted, snarled, snarly}; {matted}; {rootbound}; {intertwined}] Syn: tangled. [WordNet 1.5] 2. deeply involved especially in something …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • entangled — [[t]ɪntæ̱ŋg(ə)ld[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ in/with n If something is entangled in something such as a rope, wire, or net, it is caught in it very firmly. Divers battled for hours to try to free a whale that became entangled in crab nets. 2) ADJ …   English dictionary

  • entangled — adjective 1 involved in an argument, or a situation that is difficult to escape from, or a relationship that causes problems etc (+ in): Military observers fear that the US could get entangled in another Vietnam. (+ with): Sue became romantically …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • entangled — adj. embroiled, involved; enmeshed, ensnared en·tan·gle || ɪn tæŋgl v. embroil, involve; become enmeshed, become ensnared …   English contemporary dictionary