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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of intertwining

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for intertwining


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper