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

Other Words from intertwine

intertwinement \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈtwīn-​mənt How to pronounce intertwine (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.
Recent Examples on the Web But both also have struggles, and their lives are destined to intertwine. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways. oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2021 Violeta’s personal loves and tragedies intertwine with decades of Latin American political turmoil, economic uncertainty and social change. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 The camp itself seems to be pushing characters into configurations that will cause subplots to intertwine or collide to produce a specific outcome. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 15 Dec. 2021 There is a reality where the old can intertwine with the new both safely and prosperously! Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Dec. 2021 The shots hints that Season 10's two storylines may intertwine or affect each other. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Aug. 2021 In the show’s most complex numbers, people operating in totally different musical modes (and often at emotional, racial, and generational loggerheads) sing, and the genres, at least, intertwine. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 As these two women’s lives intertwine, Irene finds her world upended. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021

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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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“Intertwine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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