Definition of ensnarl in English:



  • Cause to become caught up in complex difficulties or problems.

    • ‘This August 3 memorandum concluded: ‘I could loathe both of you for ensnarling me in your ‘administrative web spinning.'’’
    • ‘No other biological phenomenon has remained so persistently ensnarled in fundamental philosophical and semantic tangles.’
    • ‘Sitting candidates are almost always re-elected unless they've become ensnarled in some scandal or dubious practice that affects them personally.’
    • ‘It is expected that this may also help ensnarl four new members.’
    • ‘The game in which I am currently ensnarled is all about waiting.’
    • ‘The accumulation of these kinds of anecdotal stories of corruption convinced him to set a trap to ensnarl slum landlords and city inspectors in a carefully documented web of official misconduct.’
    • ‘After a really good lunch, we got ensnarled in traffic and were a little late.’
    • ‘Children may become lost or ensnarled, and some of their music may go missing without teachers and other musically proficient adults to help the young along, however.’
    • ‘They were, after all, still ensnarled in the whole mess, and the ennui of that debacle seemed to flood them with bad karma - not to mention bad relief pitching.’
    • ‘I am more than my body, and I am no longer ensnarled by the current fads of fashion.’
    • ‘Their ambitions worked out in a different way, became ensnarled in trans-Atlantic politics, and New France fell before superior English power.’
    • ‘Grimy and eternally ensnarled in traffic, it is clogged by too many people living in too little space.’
    • ‘Empowered with determination, he caught her by the hand, and so ensnarled her for life, for it marked the beginning of their bittersweet love.’
    • ‘If you're going to stick with her long term and she's going to continue to be depressed and anxious, you'd best learn to love her the way she is and not get ensnarled in her issues.’
    • ‘Two brothers - one a rookie police officer, the other a recently returned Vietnam veteran - get ensnarled in the riots that ravaged Washington, D.C., in 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.’
    • ‘I discovered that in the 1720s he had ensnarled himself in administering a debt-ridden estate.’
    capture, catch, seize, trap, entrap, snare, entangle, enmesh, net, bag, ambush
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