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verb (used with or without object), in·ter·twined, in·ter·twin·ing.
  1. to twine together.
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Origin of intertwine

First recorded in 1635–45; inter- + twine1
Related formsin·ter·twine·ment, nounin·ter·twin·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for intertwine

convolute, tangle, interweave, interlace, mesh, entwine, weave, network, associate, relate, cross, crisscross, link, connect, braid, reticulate, interknit, intertwist, intervolve, interwind

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British Dictionary definitions for intertwine


  1. to unite or be united by twisting or twining togetherAlso: intertwist
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Derived Formsintertwinement, nounintertwiningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intertwine


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

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