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1  —as in:
entangled in the branches
Definition caught in


twisted together into a confusing mass
  • like a fly entangled in a spider web
entangled = caught in
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The seaweed is entangled in the net.
  • the cold wind had swelled and reddened my hands, uncurled and entangled my hair, and dyed my face of a pale purple;
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • or you may learn their ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
    Proverbs 22.25 (NRSV)
  • The whole group ran for the fence line and made their way over. ... As he pulled his leg up, he became entangled.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • entangled = caught in (clothes caught on the fence)
  • ...among the tangled foliage. Ralph disentangled himself cautiously and stole away through the branches.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • disentangled = removed something caught by something else
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disentangled reverses the meaning of entangled. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • I wanted to get out and walk southward toward the park through the soft twilight, but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • entangled = caught in
  • Stone and soil and the roots of heather and shrubs all entangled.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • entangled = twisted together into a confusing mass
  • One could see that the rope had been gnawed in two. The frayed end had become entangled in a fair-sized dead limb.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • entangled = caught in
  • He squatted in the snow, pulling the twigs out from their entanglement in the brush and feeding directly to the flame.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
entanglement = the state of being tangled, or twisted together into a confusing mass

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2  —as in:
entangled in local politics
Definition deeply involve; or intermix with complications or difficulties
  • I don't want to get entangled in their dispute.
entangled = involved with complications or difficulties
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • entangled by desire, and seduced by pleasure
    Samuel Johnson
  • Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations...entangling alliances with none.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • Passing such an ambiguously worded law will entangle businesses in uncertainty and law suits.
  • Once again, she is entangled with a married man.
  • Katharine has entangled herself with this unknown lawyer;
    Virginia Woolf  --  Night and Day
  • If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.
    2 Peter 2:20 (NIV)
  • He was entangled by his own vanity, with as little excuse of love as possible, and without the smallest inconstancy of mind towards her cousin.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • entangled = caught up (figuratively)
  • Loyalties became hopelessly entangled.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • entangled = complicated
  • But McCandless never mentioned any romantic entanglements to either Westerberg or Borah.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
entanglements = deep involvements

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