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
Recent Examples on the Web By turns compassionate and investigative, Mr. Taub entwined his exploration of Salahi’s plight with a broader examination of America’s yearslong war on terrorism. New York Times, "Pulitzer Prize: 2020 Winners List," 4 May 2020 But entwined is a indictment of how far the rest of us may have fallen. Thomas Page, CNN, "Get up to speed on this year's Oscar nominees for best international feature film," 7 Feb. 2020 One element that stays mysteriously stable across the centuries is rat kings’ geographic spread: the history of the rat king is uncannily, at times uncomfortably entwined with the history of Germany. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019 That question is entwined in the boilerplate language of the restaurant’s business interruption insurance, which seems to exclude coverage of losses due to viruses. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Did coronavirus — or the state — close Musso & Frank? Big money hangs in the balance," 24 Apr. 2020 And both tours drove home how intimately food and place are entwined, and how food, when you are shown where to look, is a window into a culture more immediate than any museum, artifact or natural wonder. Michael Ruhlman, New York Times, "A Food Snob’s Food Tour Conversion," 17 Apr. 2020 Some of my most fond memories – personally or professionally – are entwined and connected with that show. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "John Krasinski reminisces about 'The Office' with Steve Carell in YouTube show debut," 31 Mar. 2020 Drew Ali’s success was deeply entwined with Prohibition-era Chicago’s fantastically corrupt Republican machine. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020 Though often pitted against each other as nature versus nurture, biology and experience are actually deeply entwined, and music provides a scientifically revealing intersection of the two. Quanta Magazine, "Perceptions of Musical Octaves Are Learned, Not Wired in the Brain," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of entwine

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Entwine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entwine. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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