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[en-twahyn] /ɛnˈtwaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), entwined, entwining.
to twine with, about, around, or together.
Also, intwine.
Origin of entwine
1590-1600; en-1 + twine1
Related forms
entwinement, noun
unentwined, adjective Unabridged
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  • Braid your locks with rosy twine; ‘entwine your hair with wreaths of roses.’

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • There was a time when the forest did not entwine these ruins.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • The kiss of affection that is implanted on the lips, may take so deep a root, as to entwine the heart.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat
  • Together you will entwine my soul and become as one great love.

    Dreamy Hollow Sumner Charles Britton
  • To what an extent is this little word made to entwine itself around all the interests of life!

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Spirits that entwine one's heartstrings with tender touch, yet are heavier fetters, more oppressive than leaden weights.

  • It is very pleasant here, under this linden, and home begins to entwine its fibres around my heart.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • But the coils she seeks to entwine around her are no iron fetters, but the golden chains of affection and of peace.

    The Earl of Mayo William Wilson Hunter
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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