\ˈnēd \
kneaded; kneading; kneads

Definition of knead 

transitive verb

1a : to work and press into a mass with or as if with the hands kneading dough

b : to manipulate or massage with a kneading motion kneaded sore neck muscles

2 : to form or shape by or as if by kneading

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Other Words from knead

kneadable \ ˈnē-​də-​bəl \ adjective
kneader noun

Examples of knead in a Sentence

Knead the dough until it is smooth.

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This keeps you from kneading the meat to spread the seasoning around. Jim Shahin,, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018 Hardee’s is reminding customers its biscuits are kneaded, rolled and baked every 15 minutes. Lizzy Alfs, USA TODAY, "Hardee's, Carl's Jr. chains part ways in fast-food image shakeup," 19 June 2018 The key to flavorful pork tenderloin is making sure the meat is well-coated in marinade, so don’t be afraid to get your hands messy and knead away in the name of stress relief. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "A Spicy Pork Tenderloin Bowl That's So Easy You Hardly Need This Recipe," 30 May 2018 Continue kneading for 10 minutes by hand (or 5 minutes by machine), until the dough is very smooth and elastic. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Last November, Mega Challah Bakes in cities all over the world brought women together to learn how to mix, knead and braid challah. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Holla for challah: Braided bread marries religious tradition with foodie favorite," 23 Jan. 2018 Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead 5 or 6 times; dough should be soft and moist. Virginia Willis, Country Living, "Buttermilk Angel Biscuits," 13 Mar. 2011 This keeps you from kneading the meat to spread the seasoning around. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 After adding the last butter cubes, adjust mixer speed to medium-low and continue to knead until butter is absorbed completely and dough is smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes longer. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Fill your home with the aroma of cinnamon swirl bread," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of knead

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for knead

Middle English kneden, from Old English cnedan; akin to Old High German knetan to knead

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English Language Learners Definition of knead

: to prepare (dough) by pressing a mixture of flour, water, etc., with your hands

: to press and squeeze (a person's muscles) with your hands


\ˈnēd \
kneaded; kneading

Kids Definition of knead

1 : to work and press into a mass with or as if with the hands You must knead the dough before baking.

Other Words from knead

kneader noun

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