in·​ter·​lace | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlās How to pronounce interlace (audio) \
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 How to pronounce interlacement (audio) \ noun

Examples of interlace in a Sentence

Interlace the branches and bend them into a circle. The vines interlaced with each other.
Recent Examples on the Web Use the palm of each hand to rub the back of the other hand, interlacing fingers. oregonlive, "Coronavirus prevention: How to properly apply hand sanitizer," 5 Mar. 2020 Rub your right palm over the back of your left hand, interlacing your fingers, then switch left over right. 5. Kristen Jordan Shamus,, "Preparing for an outbreak: What everyone needs to know about novel coronavirus," 29 Feb. 2020 Drive around the city, and the green line on the screen will start interlacing into useless shapes. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 Those of us working in small spaces can lock in some easy stretches right from our chairs by doing neck rolls, reaching our arms overhead and interlacing our fingers, or doing some cat and cow stretches on all fours. Christine Burroni, Travel + Leisure, "We Asked a Chiropractor for Tips on Maintaining Good Posture While Working From Home," 3 May 2020 His biography is a model of restraint, interlacing what is by now the rather familiar story of Marx’s career with concise but discerning insights into Marx’s achievements as a social theorist. Peter E. Gordon, The New Republic, "Karl Marx’s Prophetic Longing," 6 Apr. 2020 Their arms were interlaced, their joyous faces turned to the sun. Edie Littlefield Sundby, WSJ, "The Coronavirus Threat Hasn’t Stopped Me From Walking," 1 Apr. 2020 That would only work, however, if the trees don’t interlace with other trees, a roof or a fence, etc. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Yaupon hollies should be pruned in February, but it’s not too late if you hurry," 12 Mar. 2020 Rub both sides of your hands, interlacing your fingers. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Your best defense against coronavirus is washing your hands. But are you doing it right?," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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“Interlace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce interlace (audio) \
interlaced; interlacing

Kids Definition of interlace

: to unite by or as if by lacing together

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