in·​ter·​lace ˌin-tər-ˈlās How to pronounce interlace (audio)
interlaced; interlacing; interlaces

transitive verb

: to unite by or as if by lacing together : interweave
: to vary by alternation or intermixture : intersperse
narrative interlaced with anecdotes

intransitive verb

: to cross one another as if woven together : intertwine
interlacement 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of interlace was in the 14th century

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“Interlace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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in·​ter·​lace ˌint-ər-ˈlās How to pronounce interlace (audio)
: to unite or cross by or as if by lacing together : interweave
interlaced fibers
interlacing branches
interlacement noun

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