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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Keller's and Yountville's successes have been entwined like vines over the past quarter-century. Mary Beth Albright, chicagotribune.com, "How a world-class chef blossomed in Napa Valley: The French Laundry turns 25," 5 July 2019 Individual braids were entwined with wiring to keep the look’s structure intact. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Story Behind Solange’s Mesmerizing Sculptural Braids for the Kenzo Show," 24 June 2019 But for other people, the convenience of Facebook’s coming cryptocurrency business, entwined with its super popular chat apps, may lure them yet. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Facebook Cryptocurrency: Calibra’s Privacy Implications," 18 June 2019 Trump also remains tightly entwined with the conservative media world that helped shape his political views. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "We're seeing institutions start to waver as constraints to Trump's impulses," 5 Jan. 2018 As captains that will continue because all of our communities are entwined together. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Veteran lawmen named new commanders at 3 of Birmingham’s police precincts," 10 June 2019 Turkey, Iran and Russia are deeply entwined in the complex civil war, Israel has struck at Syrian and Iranian targets, and the United States and its allies are weighing strikes against the Syrian government for suspected use of chemical weapons. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, "Greek Fighter Jet Crashes After Encounter With Turkish Aircraft, Officials Say," 12 Apr. 2018 But everyone stops, just for a moment, to watch the many couples that stand, hands entwined, promising love and commitment in this very public place. SFChronicle.com, "City Hall weddings: Public displays of devotion," 7 June 2019 In their haircutting heyday, we were entwined in each other’s lives, exchanging support throughout almost two decades. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019

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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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