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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.

entanglement

(ɪnˈtæŋɡəlmənt)
n
1. something that entangles or is itself entangled
2. a sexual relationship regarded as unfortunate, damaging, or compromising

en•tan•gle•ment

(ɛnˈtæŋ gəl mənt)

n.
1. the act of entangling.
2. the state of being entangled.
3. something that entangles; snare; involvement; complication.
[1630–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.entanglement - an intricate trap that entangles or ensnares its victimentanglement - an intricate trap that entangles or ensnares its victim
spider web, spider's web - a web resembling the webs spun by spiders
trap - a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

entanglement

noun
1. affair, involvement, romance, intrigue, fling, liaison, love affair, amour, illicit romance a romantic entanglement
2. difficulty, mess, confusion, complication, mix-up, muddle, predicament, imbroglio trying to do his job without the usual bureaucratic entanglements
3. becoming entangled, mix-up, becoming enmeshed, becoming ensnared, becoming jumbled, entrapment, snarl-up (informal, chiefly Brit.), ensnarement Many dolphins are accidentally killed through entanglement in fishing equipment.

entanglement

noun
1. The condition of being entangled or implicated:
2. Something that is intricately and often bewilderingly complex:
cat's cradle, jungle, knot, labyrinth, maze, mesh (often used in plural), morass, skein, snarl, tangle, web.
Translations
تَشْبيك، تَعْقيد
indviklingsammenfiltring
összekuszálás
flækja
spletenie
dolaşıklıkkarışıklık

entanglement

[ɪnˈtæŋglmənt] N
1. (= being entangled) → enredo m (fig) → lío m
2. (= love affair) → lío m amoroso
3. (Mil) → alambrada f

entanglement

[ɪnˈtæŋgəlmənt] n
(= complicated situation) → imbroglio m
romantic entanglement → amour m compliqué

entanglement

n
(lit, no pl: = enmeshing) → Verfangen nt; (= tangle, of ropes etc) → Durcheinander nt; (esp Mil, of barbed wire) → Verhau m
(fig, in affair etc) → Verwicklung f; legal entanglementRechtskonflikt m; he wanted to avoid any entanglement with domestic politicser wollte sich aus der Innenpolitik heraushalten; she didn’t want any romantic entanglementsie wollte nicht in eine Romanze verwickelt werden

entanglement

[ɪnˈtæŋglmənt] n (fig) (gen) → coinvolgimento; (romantic) → relazione f sentimentale

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 ?
He sat down abruptly, almost cataleptically, drew his head away from the clutch of her hands and out of the entanglement of her hair, and, his nose thrust upward at an angle of forty-five degrees, he began to quiver and to breathe audibly in rhythm to the rhythm of her singing.
Then the entanglement was her husband's, and I cursed him for it.
The barber cudgelled Sancho, and Sancho pommelled the barber; Don Luis gave one of his servants, who ventured to catch him by the arm to keep him from escaping, a cuff that bathed his teeth in blood; the Judge took his part; Don Fernando had got one of the officers down and was belabouring him heartily; the landlord raised his voice again calling for help for the Holy Brotherhood; so that the whole inn was nothing but cries, shouts, shrieks, confusion, terror, dismay, mishaps, sword-cuts, fisticuffs, cudgellings, kicks, and bloodshed; and in the midst of all this chaos, complication, and general entanglement, Don Quixote took it into his head that he had been plunged into the thick of the discord of Agramante's camp; and, in a voice that shook the inn like thunder, he cried out:
Nicholson had remarked his son's entanglement with satisfaction, tinged by humour; and his smile, if it still was a thought contemptuous, had implied consent.
Nevertheless, if we look through all the heroic fortunes of mankind, we shall find this same entanglement of something mean and trivial with whatever is noblest in joy or sorrow.
He was released without any reproach to himself, from an entanglement which had long formed his misery, from a woman whom he had long ceased to love;-- and elevated at once to that security with another, which he must have thought of almost with despair, as soon as he had learnt to consider it with desire.
My father, indeed, imposed the determination, but since his death, I have not a legitimate obstacle to contend with; some affairs settled, a successor for Morton provided, an entanglement or two of the feelings broken through or cut asunder--a last conflict with human weakness, in which I know I shall overcome, because I have vowed that I WILL overcome--and I leave Europe for the East.
I know not how the entanglement took place, but so it was.
An inner cloud of dust rose around the prostrate figures amid the general one of the room, in which a twitching entanglement of arms and legs was discernible.
But no amount of beauty or refinement could have made an entanglement between Good and herself a desirable occurrence; for, as she herself put it, "Can the sun mate with the darkness, or the white with the black?
He had been always anxious that there should be no child to make the entanglement more complicated; and when Mildred, unable longer to conceal its approach, informed him of the fact, he was seized with panic.
And then the guardsmen, panting from their charge, came up just as the Prince of Dusar, bleeding at the mouth, and with drawn sword, crawled from the entanglement of the pimalia.