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 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 Because that’s the point of Vogue: to capture the cultural zeitgeist, and consider how our lives intertwine with it. Vogue, "The Top 10 Most-Read Culture Stories of 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 The two women began as acquaintances and grew to become friends, their lives starting to intertwine in ways that would last until the very end. Staff And Wire Reports, oregonlive, "Portraits of 20 Oregonians who died in the 2020 coronavirus pandemic," 24 Dec. 2020 Burton was even able to intertwine his strengths as an imaginative director to remake the Disney classic Dumbo in 2019. Morgan Baila,, "16 Iconic Scenes From Tim Burton Movies," 16 Oct. 2020 Finally, as global connections intertwine economies, science diplomacy can create avenues that sustain our own competitiveness and promote our own economic growth. Nick Pyenson, Scientific American, "We Need More Scientists in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps," 16 Nov. 2020 Starting at the top of the tree, intertwine the lights on top of and under branches. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Do You Know How to Hang Christmas Lights on Your Tree?," 6 Nov. 2020 Then the threads intertwine in the present, showcasing their close, sisterly bond. Natalie Morin,, "The Essential Blackpink Songs You Did (& Didn’t) Hear In The Light Up The Sky Documentary," 16 Oct. 2020 There’s also a romantic touch to the story, as Yankel's and Pesha’s fates intertwine in the city. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "Review: A Jewish town-out-of-time collides with 21st century in witty 'The Lost Shtetl'," 12 Oct. 2020 The two lines intertwine gracefully above a steady bass pattern of eighth notes that soon becomes more animated. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Lang Lang: The Pianist Who Plays Too Muchly," 4 Oct. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Intertwine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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