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Definition of entangle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    entangle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they entangle
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    he / she / it entangles
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtæŋɡlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtæŋɡlz//
     
    past simple entangled
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    past participle entangled
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    -ing form entangling
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1entangle somebody/something (in/with something) to make somebody/something become caught or twisted in something The bird had become entangled in the wire netting.
  2. 2to involve somebody in a difficult or complicated situation entangle somebody in something He became entangled in a series of conflicts with the management. entangle somebody with somebody She didn't want to get entangled (= emotionally involved) with him.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (formerly also as intangle): from en-, in- (as an intensifier) + tangle.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: entangle