in·​ter·​twine | \ ˌin-tər-ˈtwīn How to pronounce intertwine (audio) \
intertwined; intertwining; intertwines

Definition of intertwine

transitive verb

: to unite by twining one with another

intransitive verb

: to twine about one another also : to become mutually involved

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Other Words from intertwine

intertwinement \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈtwīn-​mənt How to pronounce intertwinement (audio) \ noun

Examples of intertwine in a Sentence

He's always telling stories in which the present and the past intertwine. His fate is intertwined with hers.

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Through his Miyumi Project, collaborations with saxophonist Fred Anderson, championing of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival and other ventures, Aoki has been at the forefront of intertwining musical cultures and audiences. Howard Reich,, "From Goines to Freeman, a jazzy holiday weekend," 21 May 2018 Unions are prohibited from using dues for political purposes, but critics say their political action is too intertwined with their primary duties. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "After Supreme Court ruling, congressional Democrats mobilize to fight for unions," 28 June 2018 Crime and homelessness are at least somewhat intertwined in town, said Ramona Sheriff’s Department Lt. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Lt. Hartman to Rotarians: Deputies fight crime proactively," 4 May 2018 What these figures reveal, perhaps not surprisingly, is that the fortunes of the firearms industry are deeply intertwined with the political activism of the NRA. Elliott Woods, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 16 Apr. 2018 The reality is that racial and economic justice are intertwined. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "The Working Families Party is ready 'to pick a fight.' But first it has a decision to make.," 13 Apr. 2018 Starting from these two postulates, Einstein showed that space and time are intertwined in ways that scientists had never previously realized. NBC News, "What is relativity? Einstein's mind-bending theory explained," 13 Apr. 2018 Cats and the internet go hand-in-hand, but hairless cats, aka Sphynx cats, and the internet are intertwined. Claudia Fisher, Time, "This Cat Looks More Like a Brain Than an Animal and the Internet Is Mesmerized," 6 Apr. 2018 After connecting a few dots between all the LAPD’s dirty cops, Poole is led to believe once again that Death Row Records was closely intertwined with (and protected by) a plethora of crooked police officers. Scott Glaysher, Billboard, "'Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.' Episodes 5 & 6: Beef Intensifies Between Bad Boy and Death Row," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of intertwine

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of intertwine was in 1641

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English Language Learners Definition of intertwine

: to twist (things) together
: to be or become very closely involved with each other


in·​ter·​twine | \ ˌin-tər-ˈtwīn How to pronounce intertwine (audio) \
intertwined; intertwining

Kids Definition of intertwine

: to twist or weave together

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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