en·​twine | \ in-ˈtwīn How to pronounce entwine (audio) , en-\
entwined; entwining; entwines

Definition of entwine

transitive verb

: to twine together or around

intransitive verb

: to become twisted or twined

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Examples of entwine in a Sentence

The snake entwined itself around the branch. marveled at how the vines had delicately and intricately entwined themselves on the trellis

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The two countries’ economies are entwined for better or worse, which is why there’s a political and economic incentive for both sides to cut a trade deal that protects intellectual property, lowers tariffs, and above all reduces uncertainty. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The iPhone Canary," 3 Jan. 2019 The final message is that virtue and vice are entwined; unlike spaghetti Westerns, the play has no straightforward goodies or baddies. The Economist, "On stage, the saga of the Lehman brothers is a parable of America," 12 July 2018 There are elegant wreaths entwined with acorns, lavender, and wild berries, and, of course, lots of glüwhein, as well honey meats and homemade cheeses. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 After 40 years of membership in the bloc, the U.K.’s economy, government and laws have become entwined with the other 27 nations in the bloc. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "The Sticking Points to a Brexit Deal," 16 Oct. 2018 Many Trump associates seem to be entwined in some sort of international money-laundering syndicate, or more than one. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Stop saying “drain the swamp”," 7 Sep. 2018 By this time, Irena has had the good sense to clear out, and Wiktor and Zula are tightly entwined in their flower crown of love. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Cannes Review: Cold War Is a Terrific Romantic Drama That Burns Clean," 11 May 2018 To him, this was entwined with the Civil Rights movement. Edmund White, New York Times, "Four Geniuses, Gone to AIDS, as They Might Be Today," 19 Apr. 2018 No state has more Confederate statues than Virginia, and no city is more deeply entwined with the Civil War than Richmond, expressed most visibly in the five enormous statues of Southern leaders along elegant Monument Avenue. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Richmond monument panel urges removing Jefferson Davis statue," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of entwine

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of entwine

: to twist together or around


en·​twine | \ in-ˈtwīn How to pronounce entwine (audio) \
entwined; entwining

Kids Definition of entwine

: to twist or twine together or around

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