What is the difference between intertwined and interwind? Especially when used talking about abstract subject matters.

For example, should one say: "love begins when admiration and trust .........." interwind or intertwine?

  • Hi Earthling! Can you be more specific as to what is unclear to you after referencing the definitions for these words? Dec 17, 2018 at 21:23
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    @KristinaLopez Let me know if the example helps. Dec 17, 2018 at 21:38
  • Have you looked up each word in a dictionary? What did you find? What are the differences between the two definitions? When using either word abstractly, you're using it as a metaphor, so there's no right or wrong, there's simply the particular sense you wish to convey. NB interwind is uncommon... Dec 17, 2018 at 22:47
  • What about entwine? "Love begins when admiration and trust entwine"
    – Balaz2ta
    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:18

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I can find "intertwined" in more dictionaries than "interwind" (which my spell-check flags up as wrong), but a quick lookup on Merriam-Webster reveals

interwind (verb)

intertwine, intervolve

and on dictionary.com

interwind (verb)

to wind together; intertwine.

In conclusion, they are interchangeable in meaning, but "intertwined" appears to be more frequently used.

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