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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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  • It was a glaucous, intertwining, delicious flux and contest in flux.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • And this life was like a forest, boundless and impenetrable, up-springing, intertwining.

    His Family Ernest Poole
  • At every stage of the discussion our subject is made complex by the intertwining of the human and the Divine.

    What and Where is God?

    Richard La Rue Swain
  • A strange planet is this, for the shifting of national loyalties and the rending and intertwining of bonds of union!


    Martha Foote Crow
  • The river slid by in a body, utterly silent and swift, intertwining among itself like some subtle, complex creature.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • They braided her lovely dark chestnut hair, and arranged it gracefully about her head, intertwining it with blue ribbons.

  • The whole episode is an intertwining of song in the vein of the first answer of motto.

British Dictionary definitions for intertwining


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 intertwining



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

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