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 But the food memories are intertwined with difficult ones. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Vietnamese Sandwich Shop Teaching Dallas How to Hire Differently," 12 Sep. 2019 The issue is intertwined with Omar’s alleged romantic involvement with Mynett. Dave Orrick, The Mercury News, "Ilhan Omar under scrutiny: Her marriage, her campaign finances, a death threat," 29 Aug. 2019 The issue is intertwined with Omar’s alleged romantic involvement with Mynett. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Ilhan Omar under scrutiny: First marriage, then fidelity, now a federal campaign complaint. And a State Fair death threat.," 28 Aug. 2019 Her story is deeply intertwined in the story of this country. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Black Women Can’t Bridge the Gender Gap Alone: raceAhead," 22 Aug. 2019 But in English, as with French, Spanish, German, and many other languages, gender is intertwined with pronouns. Thomas Fuller,, "No more manholes in Berkeley as city writes gender out of codes," 20 July 2019 Digital conflict and military action are increasingly intertwined, and civilian targets – private businesses and everyday internet users alike – are vulnerable in the digital crossfire. Scott Shackelford, The Conversation, "In a world of cyber threats, the push for cyber peace is growing," 3 Sep. 2019 The goal here is to recognize these two things are intertwined, both in cause and in solution. NBC News, "Inslee's new energy plan aims puts focus on low-income communities," 29 July 2019 There’s a good chance other characters from all of the aforementioned series and films could intertwine in some way, too. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Marvel reveals massive Phase Four film and television slate," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of intertwine

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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6 Nov 2019

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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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