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 But the country needs to build out high voltage lines to more intimately intertwine the three regions. Matt Simon, Wired, "Texas' Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid," 25 Feb. 2021 And then after that, the last phase was to intertwine them. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lucky Daye's Table for Two Duets Are Not Your Typical Valentine's Day Songs," 12 Feb. 2021 That's an ambitious and complex story to tell, but Kaplan has studied deep into history and relays it via six characters whose narratives eventually intertwine. Bill Clegg, Star Tribune, "REVIEWS: 'The End of the Day,' by Bill Clegg and 'Into the Unbounded Night,' by Mitchell James Kaplan," 15 Nov. 2020 The liquid portion of the sealant escapes, but the fibers and binders build up and intertwine to form a flexible plug and seal the puncture. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Questions To Ask When Buying Tire Sealant," 9 Sep. 2019 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

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Intertwine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 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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