entangle

entangle, involve, enmesh are comparable when meaning to catch or to hold as if in a net from which it is difficult to escape.
Entangle usually carries the implications of impeding and of the difficulty or impossibility of escape; although basically the word implies being caught in a net, a snare, or a maze, it may suggest only a condition that is similar in forming a complication of difficulties
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the fly became entangled in the spider's web and could not escape

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like a bird entangled in a snare

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entangle themselves in the mazes of sophistry

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the firm is entangled in financial difficulties

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peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none— Jefferson

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had entangled the king in a false marriage with her— Sitwell

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Involve (see also INVOLVE 3; compare involved under COMPLEX) implies the addition, often the conscious addition, of ideas, words, or projects which tend to make difficulties (as by confusing or perplexing) for oneself or another
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his sentences are involved because he tries to express too many ideas

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the controversies . . . moved on in all their ugliness to involve others—7. M. Brown

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I plead frankly for the theistic hypothesis as involving fewer difficulties than any other— Inge

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Enmesh comes very close to entangle in meaning but may be preferred when an involvement in or as if in the meshes of a net is strongly felt
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declining to haul up the net when the fish were already enmeshedGrot e

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his eye was enmeshed in no tangle of foreground, but was led across great tracts of country to the distant mountains— Binyon

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Analogous words: *hamper, trammel, fetter, clog, hog-tie: *embarrass, discomfit: ensnare, snare, entrap, trap, capture, *catch
Antonyms: disentangle
Contrasted words: untangle, *extricate: disengage, *detach

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