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 Getty Images Ring and the accompanying Neighbors app, on the other hand, are increasingly entwined with, and function as a tool of surveillance for law enforcement. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Are neighborhood watch apps making us safer?," 29 Oct. 2019 Less than a hundred miles from Kendal, meanwhile, Tate Liverpool is currently hosting the first major exhibition in Britain of Keith Haring’s graffiti-like paintings, which feature anthropomorphic penises and entwined male figures. B.f. | Kendal, The Economist, "Revisiting Tom of Finland’s sexually explicit oeuvre," 24 Oct. 2019 Later chapters offer a similar dose of honesty, entwining mathematics with social realities. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Recommended Books, October 2019," 1 Oct. 2019 These featured knuckle-sized diamonds, olive-sized emeralds, and bullet-like rubies all set into bracelets and necklaces of gold and silver made to resemble entwined geckos and snakes and other plutocrat’s playthings. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Much More Than Leopard Print: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda Pounces Into Action," 5 July 2019 Actor, writer and comedian Hannibal Buress would prefer that this sentence not include two words with which he may always be inextricably entwined. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Hannibal Buress: Did you hear the one about Hannibal Buress getting arrested in Miami?," 9 Aug. 2019 From producing some of the world's very best jockeys to some of the greatest thoroughbreds in history, the sport of kings has been entwined with the country's culture for generations. Ben Church And Aly Vance, CNN, "Why this ancient land is the spiritual home of Irish horse racing," 13 Sep. 2019 Those are some of the many details that LoBianco includes in the latest book that tries to answer the question of who is Mike Pence – and why the devout Christian has entwined himself with Trump. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'What are we going to do Mike?': Trump's victory posed problems for Pence and his wife, new book says," 7 Sep. 2019 However, after 37 years in power, refusing to step down, that legacy became entwined with violent oppression toward his opponents, which led to him being ousted in a military coup in 2017. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Dead At 95," 6 Sep. 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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