entangle

To entangle is to snarl, intertwine with, or get caught in. Too often, dolphins entangle themselves in large fishing nets meant to catch tuna or swordfish.

If you mean to trip your brother, you can entangle your leg around his, and when long-haired people don't brush it for days, it will snarl and entangle itself. A figurative way to entangle is to get caught up in a complicated situation: "I didn't mean to entangle you in this mess with my roommates!" Entangle's roots are en-, "put in" or "cause to be" and tangle, or "snarl."

Definitions of entangle
  1. verb
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    “The child entangled the cord”
    synonyms: mat, snarl, tangle
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    Antonyms:
    disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
    extricate from entanglement
    types:
    felt
    mat together and make felt-like
    enmesh, ensnarl, mesh
    entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
    type of:
    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  2. verb
    entrap
    synonyms: mire
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    type of:
    involve
    engage as a participant
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