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English noun: tangle

1. tangle (object) a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven

SamplesThey carved their way through the tangle of vines.

Broader (hypernym)natural object

Narrower (hyponym)hair ball, hairball, shag, trichobezoar

2. tangle (cognition) something jumbled or confused

SamplesA tangle of government regulations.

Synonymsmaze, snarl

Broader (hypernym)perplexity

English verb: tangle

1. tangle (stative) force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

SamplesThey were swept up by the events.
Don't drag me into this business.

Synonymsdrag, drag in, embroil, sweep, sweep up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)involve

2. tangle (contact) tangle or complicate

SamplesA ravelled story.

Synonymsknot, ravel

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine

Antonymsravel, ravel out, unknot, unpick, unravel, unravel, unscramble, untangle

3. tangle (contact) disarrange or rumple; dishevel

SamplesThe strong wind tousled my hair.

Synonymsdishevel, tousle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disarrange

4. tangle (contact) twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

SamplesThe child entangled the cord.

ExamplesThey tangle their hair

Synonymsentangle, mat, snarl

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)distort, twine, twist

Narrower (hyponym)enmesh, ensnarl, felt, mesh

Antonymsunsnarl, disentangle, straighten out

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