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"Entrelazar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to intertwine", and "entrecruzar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to interweave". Learn more about the difference between "entrelazar" and "entrecruzar" below.
entrelazar(
ehn
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treh
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lah
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sahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to join by twisting together)
a. to intertwine
Solo tienes que entrelazar tres mechones de pelo para hacer una trenza.You just have to intertwine three strands of hair to create a braid.
b. to interweave
No sé cómo han podido entrelazar el mimbre del respaldo de la silla para crear un diseño tan intrincado.I don't know how they managed to interweave the wicker on the back of the chair to create such an intricate pattern.
c. to interlace
James y Mary entrelazaron sus dedos y se besaron.James and Mary interlaced their fingers and kissed.
entrelazarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to be bound together)
a. to intertwine
Matt y José sabían que sus vidas se entrelazarían para siempre después de la guerra.Matt and Jose knew that their lives would be intertwined for ever after the war.
b. to interweave
Las diferentes cuerdas se entrelazan para hacer una cuerda más robusta.The different ropes are interwoven into a thicker rope.
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entrecruzar(
ehn
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treh
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kroo
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sahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to entwine)
a. to interweave
El hombre entrecruzaba tiras de caña para hacer una cesta de mimbre.The man was interweaving reed strands to make a wicker basket.
b. to intertwine
El destino entrecruzó sus vidas.Fate intertwined their lives.
c. to cross
Marcos se sentó y entrecruzó las piernas.Marcos sat down and crossed his legs.
entrecruzarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to entwine)
a. to interweave
En la película se entrecruzan las vidas de cinco hombres.The lives of five men interweave in the film.
b. to intertwine
Las ramas del árbol se entrecruzan formando una densa fronda.The tree branches intertwine forming a dense canopy.
3. (biology)
a. to interbreed
Las dos especies son muy parecidas, pero jamás se entrecruzarían.The two species are very similar, but they would never interbreed.
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