in·ter·twine | \ˌin-tər-ˈtwīn \
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 \ 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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MacNicol adopts a tone of affectionate awe when writing about the important women in her life, the friends whose lives have intertwined with hers from her early days in the city as a 20-something waitress. Joanna Scutts,, "Childless, single, 40: Why is it a problem?," 12 July 2018 Medical problems often intertwine with mental health issues, including addiction. Stacey Burling,, "Shelters, hospitals 'playing ping pong' with Philadelphia's homeless, sick population," 28 June 2018 It’s exhibited in different ways, but their values are really intertwined. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Don't Have to Leave New York for This Oaxaca Retreat," 12 June 2018 Clancy’s music is inextricably intertwined with his troubled past. Ken Capobianco,, "Recovery has given Justin Clancy a purpose his music had been missing," 11 July 2018 For many, Christian observance and Christian religiosity are deeply intertwined with a kind of knee-jerk authoritarianism. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Top Trump evangelical ally: Jesus never broke immigration law," 11 July 2018 The Brexit wing of the Tory party is intertwined with Mr Trump’s Washington. The Economist, "The special relationship once enriched Britain’s politics. No longer," 5 July 2018 Those factors are intertwined, and their scope spans a decade. Mike Sielski,, "LeBron James to the Sixers? Two big factors make it unlikely | Mike Sielski," 29 June 2018 Roses and magnolias, the national flowers of the U.S. and North Korea, are intertwined under a carving of a dove. Annabelle Liang, Fox News, "Singapore Postcard: Summit island hides macabre history," 9 June 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 \
intertwined; intertwining

Kids Definition of intertwine

: to twist or weave together

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one that holds something together

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