Meaning of embroil in English:


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

    ‘she became embroiled in a dispute between two women she hardly knew’
    • ‘the film's about a journalist who becomes embroiled with a nightclub owner’
    • ‘My parents are currently embroiled in much the same thing.’
    • ‘The National team is currently embroiled in an exhibition tour in B.C. versus Japan.’
    • ‘We will just throw them into the air and no one will ask again until people are embroiled in litigation.’
    • ‘Even the Royal Family are embroiled in a hair-scare scandal.’
    • ‘By night he was embroiled in the drawn-out takeover talks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was embroiled in a heated exchange at a public inquiry into controversial plans to build a mosque in his Clitheroe ward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maybe gangsters are embroiled in some kind of gun culture, but responsible shooters are certainly not.’
    • ‘But he was quickly embroiled in a range of media interviews as the press release hit the news desks.’
    • ‘There are so many contradictions and paradoxes that you're just embroiled in them all the time.’
    • ‘Club members were embroiled in a row over a proposed new clubhouse recently.’
    • ‘And now we are embroiled in another of track and field's endless efforts to get ahead of dopers.’
    • ‘He was also embroiled in a bitter dispute with a Limerick criminal.’
    • ‘Pretty soon he is embroiled in a series of incidents which move fluidly between comedy and tragedy and, at once, draw the audience in.’
    • ‘As he gets more deeply embroiled in these situations, he has a lot of tough decisions to face.’
    • ‘‘We don't want this thing to end up in some kind of miscalculation that embroils us in a conflict,’ he said.’
    involve, entangle, ensnare, enmesh, catch up, mix up, bog down, mire
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    1. 1.1 archaic Bring into a state of confusion or disorder.
      • ‘what merit do you claim for having embroiled everything in which you are concerned?’
      complicate, muddle, jumble, garble, make complex, make difficult, make more difficult, blur, obscure, make unclear, cloud, obfuscate
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/ɪmˈbrɔɪl/ /ɛmˈbrɔɪl/


Early 17th century from French embrouiller ‘to muddle’.