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entangle (someone or something) in (something)

1. Literally, to tangle or ensnare someone or something in something. You have so many knots that I can't help but entangle the brush in your hair.
2. To involve or trap oneself or someone in something, such as an issue, problem, or scandal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "entangled" and "in." The other candidates entangled the politicians in petty debates, and he was never able to make his point. Our father's lack of a will has entangled my brothers and me in many lawsuits over his estate.
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entangle (someone or something) with (something)

Literally, to tangle or ensnare someone or something with something. The kids keep circling me and entangling me with the jump rope.
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entangle someone or something in something

1. . and entangle an animal in something Lit. to catch or tangle up someone, a group, or an animal in something. Careful! Don't entangle your foot in the anchor chain. Somehow I entangled the dog in the fishing net.
2. Fig. to get someone or a group involved in something. She was trying to entangle us in her latest cause. They entangled us in their lawsuit.
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entangle someone or something with something

to get someone or something tangled up with something. He sought to entangle the pursuing mugger with a mass of ropes and boards. Sam entangled the rabid dog with a net and got away. He entangled himself with the ropes on the deck.
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Entangling more quantum bits or qubits is crucial to developing effective quantum logic circuits, which could lead to the first quantum computer.
Nothing contained in this Convention shall be so construed as to require the United States of America to depart from its traditional policy of not intruding upon, interfering with, or entangling itself in the political questions or policy of international administration of any foreign State.
Researchers have succeeded in entangling three different-colored beams of light, entangling six photons and entangling eight calcium ions, revealing much more complex kinds of entanglement.
then (for one entangling technique) it will be instantly known that the partner photon is horizontally polarized.
Though theoretical work doesn't show a benefit to entangling the electrons of cryptochrome (a molecule thought to be important in navigation), researchers plan to test the idea in other molecules (SN Online: 4/30/10).
Entangling the photon and ion is a step toward entangling two widely separated ions, say Boris B.
Although it may be necessary to cooperate with friendly governments, there is no reason to become further enmeshed in entangling alliances abroad.
However, more modest but still substantial improvements over current GPS accuracy may be attainable by entangling just a few photons, he says.
For instance, entangling three photons would provide a threefold improvement in linear resolution, leading to a ninefold increase in circuit density.
While the technical ease of entangling atom clouds by this method has great appeal, using ensembles of particles also has drawbacks, remarks Wolfgang Tittel of the University of Geneva.
In a manner analogous to the optical experiments, the researchers created a quantum conduit by entangling two atoms.