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tr.v. en·snarled, en·snarl·ing, en·snarls
To entangle in or as if in a snarl: "The Senate has contrived to ensnarl several major proposals in two legislative tangles" (New York Times).
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vb (tr)
to become tangled in
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to entangle in or as if in a snarl.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ensnarl - entangle or catch in (or as if in) a meshensnarl - entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
mat, entangle, snarl, tangle - twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord"
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1. To twist together so that separation is difficult:
2. To gain control of or an advantage over by or as if by trapping:
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The president, George Washington, was a pacifist and did not favor either the maintenance of a standing army or a naval force, as he abhorred the notion of getting ensnarled in another conflict.
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