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 interlace (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 The police have each of them (Samuel Thorne's face is blurred) turn around and interlace their fingers behind their backs before an officer handcuffs them. Dakin Andone, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 The steps—one of many pedestrian shortcuts that interlace the hilly neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Echo Park—are named for the Mattachine Society, the first enduring American gay-rights organization. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 June 2021 Cords on the dress enchantingly interlace together to make a net that captures people’s hearts. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 3 June 2021 Another officer orders Leyva to interlace his hands on top of his head, though Leyva appears to ignore both requests and turns his back on the officers while walking back toward the house. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 16 Oct. 2020 Use the palm of each hand to rub the back of the other hand, interlacing fingers. oregonlive, 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,, 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, 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, 3 May 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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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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