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“entangle” in English

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entangleverb [ T usually passive ]

uk /ɪnˈtæŋ.ɡəl/ us /ɪnˈtæŋ.ɡəl/

to cause something to become caught in something such as a net or ropes:

The dolphin had become entangled in/with the fishing nets.
entangled in/with sth/sb

involved with something or someone in a way that makes it difficult to escape:

He went to the shop to buy bread, and got entangled in/with a carnival parade.
The mayor and the city council are anxious to avoid getting entangled in the controversy.
She seems to be romantically entangled with some artist in Rome.

(Definition of “entangle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“entangle” in American English

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entangleverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈtæŋ·ɡəl/

to trap something within something else from which it is difficult to escape:

A seal became entangled in the fishing net.
fig. The movie explores the entangled (= mixed together in many ways) lives of the five characters.

(Definition of “entangle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)