Definition of embroil in US English:



[with object]often as adjective embroiled
  • 1Involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation.

    ‘the movie's about a journalist who becomes embroiled with a nightclub owner’
    ‘she became embroiled in a dispute between two women she hardly knew’
    • ‘And now we are embroiled in another of track and field's endless efforts to get ahead of dopers.’
    • ‘The National team is currently embroiled in an exhibition tour in B.C. versus Japan.’
    • ‘Club members were embroiled in a row over a proposed new clubhouse recently.’
    • ‘Recently separated from the woman who had helped her win round her parents, she discovered her former lover was embroiled in a battle with cancer.’
    • ‘We will just throw them into the air and no one will ask again until people are embroiled in litigation.’
    • ‘Pretty soon he is embroiled in a series of incidents which move fluidly between comedy and tragedy and, at once, draw the audience in.’
    • ‘But, the way she tells it, the fact that she was embroiled in legal action of any kind was enough for film studios to become nervous.’
    • ‘As he gets more deeply embroiled in these situations, he has a lot of tough decisions to face.’
    • ‘Even the Royal Family are embroiled in a hair-scare scandal.’
    • ‘By night he was embroiled in the drawn-out takeover talks.’
    • ‘‘We don't want this thing to end up in some kind of miscalculation that embroils us in a conflict,’ he said.’
    • ‘My parents are currently embroiled in much the same thing.’
    • ‘He was also embroiled in a bitter dispute with a Limerick criminal.’
    • ‘But he was quickly embroiled in a range of media interviews as the press release hit the news desks.’
    • ‘If there are a few loose ends to be tidied up on that front, it is nothing compared to the financial mess in which he is embroiled with one of his former clubs.’
    • ‘Maybe gangsters are embroiled in some kind of gun culture, but responsible shooters are certainly not.’
    • ‘There are so many contradictions and paradoxes that you're just embroiled in them all the time.’
    • ‘The more he investigates, the more things don't add up and soon he is embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the real killer.’
    • ‘He was embroiled in a heated exchange at a public inquiry into controversial plans to build a mosque in his Clitheroe ward.’
    • ‘He was embroiled in controversy during a visit to Israel when he denounced Jewish settlements on Arab territory.’
    involve, entangle, ensnare, enmesh, catch up, mix up, bog down, mire
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    1. 1.1archaic Bring into a state of confusion or disorder.
      complicate, muddle, jumble, garble, make complex, make difficult, make more difficult, blur, obscure, make unclear, cloud, obfuscate
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Early 17th century: from French embrouiller ‘to muddle’.