entangle[en taŋ′gəl, in-]
A man entangled in computer cables.
- When cords in a box get tangled around and jumbled around each other, this is an example of when they entangle.
- When you get overly involved in the family disputes of your friend and have a hard time getting yourself out of the middle of their fight, this is an example of when you are entangled.
transitive verben·tan·gled, en·tan·gling, en·tan·gles
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present entangles, present participle entangling, simple past and past participle entangled)
- To tangle; to twist or interweave in such a manner as not to be easily separated; to make confused and intricate; as, to entangle yarn or the hair.
- To involve in such complications as to render extrication difficult; hence, metaphorically, to insnare; to perplex; to bewilder; to puzzle; as, to entangle the feet in a net, or in briers.
- To involve in difficulties or embarrassments; to embarrass, puzzle, or distract by adverse or perplexing circumstances, interests, demands, etc.; to hamper; to bewilder.
From the Middle English entanglen (“to involve [someone] in difficulty”, “to embarrass”). Equivalent to en- + tangle.