entangle - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleentangling
past tenseentangled
past participleentangled
  1. 1
    to twist someone or something up in something such as a wire or net, so that they are stuck and cannot easily be set free
  2. 2
    to involve someone in a difficult or complicated situation that is hard to escape from

    The policy would entangle the nation in conflicts that could easily lead to war.