in·​ter·​lace | \ˌin-tər-ˈlās \
interlaced; interlacing; interlaces

Definition of interlace 

transitive verb

1 : to unite by or as if by lacing together : interweave

2 : to vary by alternation or intermixture : intersperse narrative interlaced with anecdotes

intransitive verb

: to cross one another as if woven together : intertwine

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Other Words from interlace

interlacement \ˌin-​tər-​ˈlās-​mənt \ noun

Examples of interlace in a Sentence

Interlace the branches and bend them into a circle. The vines interlaced with each other.

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Crocodiles on the other hand flash a toothy grin with their top and bottom teeth interlacing. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "A Newly Discovered Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles," 12 Mar. 2018 Next, interlace your fingers behind the left hamstring or left shin and pull that left leg—the other one will follow—towards your chest. Jay Willis, GQ, "Five Easy Yoga Poses That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks," 16 Apr. 2018 With tea may appear an unexpected plate of cookies, a gift from Ms. Salmi, including chebakia, strips of dough interlaced to suggest a rose and deep-fried, or twice-baked fekkas, crumbly and akin to biscotti. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Menu of Moroccan Tradition, and Generosity, in Brooklyn," 3 May 2018 Tasset's initial response to that idea was to experiment with the children's rhyming game of interlacing fingers to create a church with people inside. Steven Litt,, "Making an anti-monument: Chicago artist Tony Tasset plans giant hand for FRONT Triennial (photos)," 29 Apr. 2018 Then, move your hands forward and interlace your fingers (except for your pinkies). Alexa Tucker, SELF, "How to Learn to Do a Headstand Like Halle Berry," 26 Mar. 2018 Yet rather than simply write a book about the quartets themselves, or about his time in the group, Dusinberre has managed to interlace the two ventures. David Weininger,, "Wrestling with masterpieces — and colleagues — in a world-class quartet," 15 Mar. 2018 Garten will still share recipes, they'll just be heavily interlaced with professional secrets and tips she's learned along the way during her extensive career. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Ina Garten's Show Is Getting a Makeover," 25 May 2017 Reach behind you with both arms outstretched until your hands meet, and then interlace your fingers and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Adrienne Jordan, GQ, "The Best Stretches You Can Do on a Cramped Airplane," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of interlace

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for interlace

Middle English entrelacen, from Anglo-French entrelacer, from entre- inter- + lacer to lace

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English Language Learners Definition of interlace

: to join together (narrow things, such as strings or branches) by crossing them over and under each other


in·​ter·​lace | \ˌin-tər-ˈlās \
interlaced; interlacing

Kids Definition of interlace

: to unite by or as if by lacing together

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