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[en-twahyn] /ɛnˈtwaɪn/
verb (used with or without object), entwined, entwining.
to twine with, about, around, or together.
Also, intwine.
Origin of entwine
First recorded in 1590-1600; en-1 + twine1
Related forms
entwinement, noun
unentwined, adjective Unabridged
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  • There was a time when the forest did not entwine these ruins.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • I will entwine my bright sword in myrtle, After the example of Harmodius and Aristogiton.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Together you will entwine my soul and become as one great love.

    Dreamy Hollow

    Sumner Charles Britton
  • Braid your locks with rosy twine; ‘entwine your hair with wreaths of roses.’

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • When little tots climb up and entwine their arms about our necks.

    Laugh and Live Douglas Fairbanks
  • Spirits that entwine one's heartstrings with tender touch, yet are heavier fetters, more oppressive than leaden weights.

  • They entwine garlands around the high pillars, and put wreaths of laurel over the arched windows.

    Nelly's First Schooldays Josephine Franklin
  • Deep in the mud, where we shall sleep tranquilly, The Lotus will entwine us in her roots and we shall live again in her flowers.

    The Daughter of Heaven Judith Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for entwine


(of two or more things) to twine together or (of one or more things) to twine around (something else)
Derived Forms
entwinement, intwinement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for entwine

also intwine, 1590s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + twine (n.). Related: Entwined; entwining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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