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.
Recent Examples on the Web Johnson, who most recently directed The Last Jedi, dusted off the old murder mystery and brought it into the present, intertwining the hunt for the killer with a satirical examination of wealth and privilege in the Trump era. Katie Campione, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Knives Out' Cast Talks Bringing the Whodunit to the Trump Era," 16 Nov. 2019 But California officials have argued the state’s ability to set smog and greenhouse gas standards are intertwined, and that tailpipe emissions and public health are interlinked. Dustin Gardiner,, "California, 22 other states sue to defend stricter auto-emissions standards," 15 Nov. 2019 Autumn intertwines her fingers, places one thumb over the other and presses her hands between her knees. Arizona Republic, "'I’m not going to get adopted': Arizona teen wants to use her experiences in foster care to help others," 13 Nov. 2019 Both singers then come together, their vocals intertwined while singing the chorus. Claudia Harmata,, "A ‘Collaborashawn’ to Remember! Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes Release Remix of 'Lover'," 13 Nov. 2019 There’s an important religious component to the human-elephant relationship in Laos, intertwined with the country’s tradition of devout Buddhism. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 About two-thirds of the country’s gold is bought in rural areas, where its traditional roles as investment and adornment are oddly intertwined. Washington Post, "Golden Age Is Ending in India," 27 Oct. 2019 Palpable were the ominous stroking of oars and the sense of a place shrouded in mystery and darkness, where souls in the form of melody collide and intertwine. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra champions the overlooked with Hamelin, Slobodeniouk," 25 Oct. 2019 Countries' dairy fortunes intertwined Wisconsin and its battered dairy farmers sit in the middle, eyeing the stability of Canada, wary of a future that looks more like Mexico., "Robotic milking in Canada, struggling farmers in Mexico: How Wisconsin’s trading partners are weathering the dairy crisis," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Nov 2019

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“Intertwine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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