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en·tan·gle

 (ĕn-tăng′gəl)
tr.v. en·tan·gled, en·tan·gling, en·tan·gles
1. To cause to become twisted together or caught in a snarl or entwining mass: The fishing lines became entangled. His foot was entangled in the wiring.
2. To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage: The country found itself entangled in a series of regional conflicts. She wanted to avoid relationships that might entangle her emotions. See Synonyms at catch.
3. Physics To cause (the quantum states of two or more objects) to become correlated in such a way that they remain correlated, even though the objects are separated spatially.

en·tan′gle·ment n.
en·tan′gler n.

entangle

(ɪnˈtæŋɡəl)
vb (tr)
1. to catch or involve in or as if in a tangle; ensnare or enmesh
2. to make tangled or twisted; snarl
3. to make complicated; confuse
4. to involve in difficulties; entrap
enˈtangler n

en•tan•gle

(ɛnˈtæŋ gəl)

v.t. -gled, -gling.
1. to make tangled; ensnarl; intertwine.
2. to involve in or as if in a tangle: to be entangled in intrigue.
3. to involve in difficulties.
[1530–40]
en•tan′gler, n.
en•tan′gling•ly, adv.

entangle


Past participle: entangled
Gerund: entangling

Imperative
entangle
entangle
Present
I entangle
you entangle
he/she/it entangles
we entangle
you entangle
they entangle
Preterite
I entangled
you entangled
he/she/it entangled
we entangled
you entangled
they entangled
Present Continuous
I am entangling
you are entangling
he/she/it is entangling
we are entangling
you are entangling
they are entangling
Present Perfect
I have entangled
you have entangled
he/she/it has entangled
we have entangled
you have entangled
they have entangled
Past Continuous
I was entangling
you were entangling
he/she/it was entangling
we were entangling
you were entangling
they were entangling
Past Perfect
I had entangled
you had entangled
he/she/it had entangled
we had entangled
you had entangled
they had entangled
Future
I will entangle
you will entangle
he/she/it will entangle
we will entangle
you will entangle
they will entangle
Future Perfect
I will have entangled
you will have entangled
he/she/it will have entangled
we will have entangled
you will have entangled
they will have entangled
Future Continuous
I will be entangling
you will be entangling
he/she/it will be entangling
we will be entangling
you will be entangling
they will be entangling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been entangling
you have been entangling
he/she/it has been entangling
we have been entangling
you have been entangling
they have been entangling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been entangling
you will have been entangling
he/she/it will have been entangling
we will have been entangling
you will have been entangling
they will have been entangling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been entangling
you had been entangling
he/she/it had been entangling
we had been entangling
you had been entangling
they had been entangling
Conditional
I would entangle
you would entangle
he/she/it would entangle
we would entangle
you would entangle
they would entangle
Past Conditional
I would have entangled
you would have entangled
he/she/it would have entangled
we would have entangled
you would have entangled
they would have entangled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.entangle - entrap; "Our people should not be mired in the past"
involve - engage as a participant; "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
2.entangle - twist together or entwine into a confusing massentangle - twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord"
distort, twine, twist - form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
felt - mat together and make felt-like; "felt the wool"
enmesh, ensnarl, mesh - entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
unsnarl, disentangle, straighten out - extricate from entanglement; "Can you disentangle the cord?"

entangle

verb
1. tangle, catch, trap, twist, knot, mat, mix up, snag, snarl, snare, jumble, ravel, trammel, enmesh The door handle had entangled itself with the strap of her bag.
tangle free, separate, loose, unfold, detach, sever, unravel, disconnect, extricate, disengage, disentangle, untangle, untwist, unsnarl
2. embroil, involve, complicate, mix up, muddle, implicate, bog down, enmesh Bureaucracy can entangle ventures for months.

entangle

verb
1. To twist together so that separation is difficult:
2. To make complex, intricate, or perplexing:
Translations
يَشْبِك
filtre indvikle ind
összekuszál
flækja í
įpainiojimasįsipainiojimasįsipainiotiįsivėlimasįsivelti
iejauktiepītsapīties
dolanmakdolaştırmak

entangle

[ɪnˈtæŋgl] VT
1. [+ thread etc] → enredar, enmarañar
2. (fig) to become entangled in sthverse envuelto en algo, enredarse en algo
to get entangled with sbliarse con algn

entangle

[ɪnˈtæŋgəl] vt
(lit) [+ wool, thread] → emmêler, embrouiller
(fig) to entangle o.s. in [+ lies, contradictions] → s'embrouiller dans
see also entangled

entangle

vt
(= catch up)verfangen; to become entangled in somethingsich in etw (dat)verfangen; their feet were entangled in the ropessie hatten sich mit den Füßen in den Seilen verfangen
(= get into a tangle) hairverwirren; wool, thread, ropesverwickeln, verwirren; to become entangledsich verwirren, sich verwickeln or verheddern (inf)
(fig, in affair etc) → verwickeln, verstricken (→ in in +acc); he became entangled in his own wordser verhaspelte sich (inf)

entangle

[ɪnˈtæŋgl] vt (thread) → impigliare
to become entangled in sth (fig) → rimanere impegolato/a in qc

entangle

(inˈtӕŋgl) verb
to cause (something) to become twisted or tangled with something else. Her long scarf entangled itself in the bicycle wheel; entangled in an unhappy love affair.
enˈtanglement noun
References in classic literature ?
There was a circumstance which at first sight seemed to entangle his delirious but still methodical scheme.
A Parisian woman, beautiful as the angels, was sent by Fouche to entangle the Marquis de Montauran, otherwise called "The Gars," in a love-affair (see "The Chouans").
There appeared in the papers caricatures of every gigantic and imaginary creature, from the white whale, the terrible "Moby Dick" of sub-arctic regions, to the immense kraken, whose tentacles could entangle a ship of five hundred tons and hurry it into the abyss of the ocean.
Now, it was precisely about this time that the directress, stung by my coldness, bewitched by my scorn,and excited by the preference she suspected me of cherishing for another, had fallen into a snare of her own laying--was herself caught in the meshes of the very passion with which she wished to entangle me.
She would not endeavour to entangle the old gentleman in a sentimental attachment which might deliver him over to his enemy.
I ask nothing better, Dom Claude; but what if I entangle myself in some villanous affair?
They would be naturally inclined to hate one whose surpassing loveliness has so completely estranged my heart from them and blinded me to their attractions; and a single hint of the truth from me to one of these would be sufficient to raise such a talk against you as would seriously injure your prospects, and diminish your chance of success with any other gentleman you or your mamma might design to entangle.
With the strength of desperation he clung to the cordage, seeking frantically to entangle his legs and body in it.