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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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 Arsenal was so entwined with Wenger that the VIP entrance to Emirates Stadium had featured a bronze bust of the man for over a decade. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Arsenal Is Stunning the Premier League by...Not Being Awful," 5 Nov. 2018 This pattern, called projection, is common among parents whose identities are closely entwined with those of their children, according to a 2013 study in the journal PLOS One. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Remember, It’s Their College Years, Not Yours," 16 Mar. 2019 In this debut novel, the lives of four Londoners become entwined amid the terrorist attacks of 2005. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘The Book That Changed America,’ ‘Manhattan Beach’," 22 June 2018 But even more gobsmacking were the collection of scene-stealing crystal mesh headpieces at Area with light-catching diamanté strands also entwined in beautiful Bantu knots. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Beauty Trends That Ruled the New York Runways This Weekend," 11 Feb. 2019 This is changing as Google has grown and become entwined in increasingly controversial matters. Alicia Ritcey And Alistair Barr, latimes.com, "Google employees push to tie Alphabet executives' pay to workplace diversity," 6 June 2018 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

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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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