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

 

tangle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtæŋɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæŋɡl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tangle
BrE BrE//ˈtæŋɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæŋɡl//
 
he / she / it tangles
BrE BrE//ˈtæŋɡlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæŋɡlz//
 
past simple tangled
BrE BrE//ˈtæŋɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæŋɡld//
 
past participle tangled
BrE BrE//ˈtæŋɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæŋɡld//
 
-ing form tangling
BrE BrE//ˈtæŋɡlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæŋɡlɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] tangle (something) up to twist something into an untidy mass; to become twisted in this way She had tangled up the sheets on the bed as she lay tossing and turning. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘entangle, catch in a tangle’): probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dialect taggla ‘disarrange’. Phrasal Verbstangle with somebody
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