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What's the difference between tangle and entangle? They look like similar and can both mean twisting in something. I also know entangle comes from prefixing tangle with en-. But it doesn't help to make a distinction between them.

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Both are synonyms to each other (meaning getting stuck in a twisted fashion) and can be used interchangeably. However entangle is generally used after an explanation of the event

fish attempt to swim through the mesh and become entangled

  • The fishing lines became entangled. His foot was entangled in the wiring. (The Free Dictionary). There is no explanation. – Khan Jul 5 '15 at 20:04

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