Definition of ensnarl in English:



[with object]
  • Cause to become caught up in complex difficulties or problems.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Empowered with determination, he caught her by the hand, and so ensnarled her for life, for it marked the beginning of their bittersweet love.’
    • ‘The game in which I am currently ensnarled is all about waiting.’
    • ‘This August 3 memorandum concluded: ‘I could loathe both of you for ensnarling me in your ‘administrative web spinning.'’’
    • ‘I discovered that in the 1720s he had ensnarled himself in administering a debt-ridden estate.’
    • ‘I am more than my body, and I am no longer ensnarled by the current fads of fashion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a really good lunch, we got ensnarled in traffic and were a little late.’
    • ‘Sitting candidates are almost always re-elected unless they've become ensnarled in some scandal or dubious practice that affects them personally.’
    • ‘Grimy and eternally ensnarled in traffic, it is clogged by too many people living in too little space.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their ambitions worked out in a different way, became ensnarled in trans-Atlantic politics, and New France fell before superior English power.’
    • ‘No other biological phenomenon has remained so persistently ensnarled in fundamental philosophical and semantic tangles.’
    • ‘It is expected that this may also help ensnarl four new members.’
    capture, catch, seize, trap, entrap, snare, entangle, enmesh, net, bag, ambush, ensnarl



/ɪnˈsnɑːl/ /ɛnˈsnɑːl/