AskDefine | Define entangle

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1 entrap; "Our people should not be mired in the past" [syn: mire]
2 twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord" [syn: tangle, mat, snarl] [ant: disentangle, disentangle]

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To involve in difficulties or embarrassments; to embarrass, puzzle, or distract by adverse or perplexing circumstances, interests, demands, etc.; to hamper; to bewilder.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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