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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To inspire his first collection outside traditional timing, Wang looked at his parents’ journey from China to the U.S. and how it was intertwined with his own experience. NBC News, "Alexander Wang based his latest collection on his family's immigration story," 21 June 2018 Chicago has been intertwining itself more tightly with Apple in recent months. Ally Marotti,, "Apple reportedly is scouting sites for a new campus. Whether Chicago is a contender remains unclear.," 16 May 2018 My life is completely intertwined forever with those who are left behind. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Kim Kardashian West talks 'mission' of commuting Alice Johnson, Trump's 'compassion'," 14 June 2018 Laverne's story was tightly intertwined with the story of her family. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / News / Poverty / Segregation The life and death of Laverne Williams," 26 Apr. 2018 In fact, the viticultural traditions of this rugged mountainside extend nearly 150 years into the past, and the narratives of the Montebello Road neighbors — names like Picchetti, Fellom, Naumann and Vidovich — are deeply intertwined with Ridge’s. Bryce Wiatrak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Community of small growers emerges on Cupertino’s Montebello Road," 28 Feb. 2018 That feeling of inclusiveness is intertwined with a deep camaraderie that goes back to curling's inception. Kristen Gelineau,, "Humble, kind and fair: Can curling cure our troubled world?," 16 Feb. 2018 The same man wore lapel pins, including one of the U.S. and Saudi flags intertwined, that other bodyguards accompanying Prince Mohammed wore on the trip. Suzan Fraser, Fox News, "Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished," 18 Oct. 2018 If the Eagles and Paul McCartney can pack ’em in, why not a pair of politicians uniquely intertwined with the era? Jason Gay, WSJ, "And Now, Live on Stage, the Clintons!," 12 Oct. 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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