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 Progressive and traditional education often entwine. Washington Post, "Progressive education hard to pin down because it’s everywhere," 4 Nov. 2020 Mr Jansa, whose entire adult life has been entwined with the history of modern Slovenia, has a point. The Economist, "Barbarians at the gates Slovenia’s prime minister hunts for enemies," 6 June 2020 That’s entwined with a story of two officers (one British, one American) in love with the same woman. Mike Hughes, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what you need to watch on TV each day this week: May 31-June 6," 31 May 2020 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

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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 16 May. 2021.

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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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