en·​twine | \in-ˈtwīn, 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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Synonyms for entwine


coil, corkscrew, curl, spiral, twine, twist, wind

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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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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 The company’s bond issue is just one example of how Russia has become entwined in the British economy. Washington Post, "UK is infused with Russian money, making a crackdown hard," 20 Mar. 2018 Box hedges in planters are focal points and a nighttime fantasy ambiance is achieved by candles on the tables and twinkle lights entwined along the trees. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Don Quijote Restaurante in Valparaiso," 5 July 2018 Not all were Debussy intimates, but each was proximate enough to feel the composer’s impact, and all but one (the conductor Arturo Toscanini ) were deeply entwined with a distinct, now extinct, Gallic musical tradition. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Debussy: His First Performers’ Review: Rare Restoration," 19 June 2018 His tale is of two men who more than anyone shaped the city’s reputation, and whose destinies became fatally entwined in Old Shanghai’s last days. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 Seeing Meghan entwined with British culture, for events like Trooping the Colour, is like seeing two aspects of myself united. Rajpreet Heir, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Trooping the Colour Appearance on the Buckingham Palace Balcony Matters," 8 June 2018 All are classic of a hefeweizen, but here they are flawlessly entwined. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Beer of the Month: A classic hefeweizen straight out of Germany," 7 June 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 \
entwined; entwining

Kids Definition of entwine

: to twist or twine together or around

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