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Definition of "tangle" []

  • To mix together or intertwine in a confused mass; snarl. (verb-transitive)
  • To involve in hampering or awkward complications; entangle. (verb-transitive)
  • To catch and hold in or as if in a net; entrap. See Synonyms at catch. (verb-transitive)
  • To be or become entangled. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To enter into argument, dispute, or conflict: tangled with the law. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tangle" in a sentence
  • "The best way to make sense of this legal tangle is to mouse over the title of an individual scandal, which will highlight everyone implicated."
  • "Francois was surprised, too, when they shot out in a tangle from the disrupted nest and he divined the cause of the trouble."
  • "Of course I know what the tangle is in the world for, as well as anybody else."