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.
The fishing lines became entangled. His foot was entangled in the wiring.
The country found itself entangled in a series of regional conflicts. She wanted to avoid relationships that might entangle her emotions.
Origin of entangle
- From the Middle English entanglen (“to involve [someone] in difficulty”, “to embarrass”). Equivalent to en- + tangle.