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verb \ˈnēl\

: to move your body so that one or both of your knees are on the floor : to be in a position in which both of your knees are on the floor

knelt \ˈnelt\ or kneeledkneel·ing

Full Definition of KNEEL

intransitive verb
:  to bend the knee :  fall or rest on the knees

Examples of KNEEL

  1. She was kneeling on the floor beside her child.
  2. He was kneeling in front of the altar and praying.

Origin of KNEEL

Middle English knelen, from Old English cnēowlian; akin to Old English cnēow knee
First Known Use: before 12th century
KNEEL Defined for Kids


verb \ˈnēl\
knelt \ˈnelt\ or kneeled \ˈnēld\kneel·ing

Definition of KNEEL for Kids

:  to support the body on the knees


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