Simple Definition of sew
: to make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing) by using a needle and thread
Examples of sew in a sentence
She sews her own dresses by hand.
He sewed a patch onto his sleeve.
I sewed the button back on the shirt.
The surgeon sewed the wound shut.
She designs her own dresses and sews in her free time.
Origin of sew
Middle English, from Old English sīwian; akin to Old High German siuwen to sew, Latin suere
First Known Use: before 12th century
SEW Defined for Kids
Definition of sew for Students
sewedsewn \ˈsōn\ or sewedsewing
1 : to join or fasten by stitches
2 : to work with needle and thread
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