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[in-ter-twahyn] /ˌɪn tərˈtwaɪn/
verb (used with or without object), intertwined, intertwining.
to twine together.
Origin of intertwine
First recorded in 1635-45; inter- + twine1
Related forms
intertwinement, noun
intertwiningly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The fibers of the Church were intertwined with the very heartstrings of the people.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • Her head bowed and her lips touching the intertwined fingers.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
  • From childhood our hearts have been intertwined, and death only has the power to tear them apart.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
  • The tarred ropes twined and intertwined like lichens and vines.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • intertwined, too, were thoughts of Verna and of his own position.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for intertwined


to unite or be united by twisting or twining together Also intertwist
Derived Forms
intertwinement, noun
intertwiningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intertwined



1640s, from inter- + twine (v.). Related: Intertwined; intertwining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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