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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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