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.

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The author’s flair for intertwining surrealism with delicate emotionality is again on full display in Mouthful of Birds, a collection short stories that sit somewhere between miniature mysteries and fairy tales. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 Prada has long been intertwined with the art world, often collaborating with artists and borrowing elements from different movements as inspiration for its collections. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "One Century Later, Bauhaus Is Still a Major Fashion Influence," 13 Feb. 2019 Soojoo Park displayed loosely braided blonde strands, with daisies intertwined, underneath a baseball cap. Akili King, Vogue, "Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Laura Harrier, Tracee Ellis Ross, and More," 10 Feb. 2019 It has been deeply intertwined with one organization, the Alliance for Quality Education, which was founded, in part, by the United Federation of Teachers, the union for New York City’s public schoolteachers. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Cynthia Nixon. Parent. Activist. Governor?," 3 July 2018 The company has filed legal proceedings in the U.S. against the unnamed operators of beoutQ. The battle between beoutQ and beIN is intertwined with a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and neighboring Qatar. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "An Unlikely Victim of Saudi Arabia’s Dispute With Qatar: TV Rights," 6 Sep. 2018 The sprawling Pacific island chain has unique authority on the matter, its officials say, because its livelihood is uniquely intertwined with the shipping industry. Maria Gallucci, WIRED, "The Shipping Industry Sets Sail Toward a Carbon-Free Future," 17 Apr. 2018 From there the flashbacks split into intertwining strands, the first following Prudence’s childhood and life as a designer and the second detailing Grace’s upbringing in hippie San Francisco. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Flavor of the American Century," 15 Feb. 2019 Making sure that no two items are clumped together or intertwined is key. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "A Laundry Expert's 8 Biggest Dos and Don'ts," 8 Feb. 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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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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