\ ˈnēd How to pronounce knead (audio) \
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 How to pronounce knead (audio) \ adjective
kneader noun

Examples of knead in a Sentence

Knead the dough until it is smooth.
Recent Examples on the Web Put the masa harina in a bowl, stir in the water, then use your hands to knead it until the water is evenly absorbed. Leslie Brenner, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Continue to knead until the dough is smooth and slightly tacky (but not sticky), 8 to 10 minutes. Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 Attach the dough hook to the stand mixer and knead on medium speed until the dough is smooth and sticks to the hook, about 10 minutes. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 Brazillian lymphatic massage can be deeper manual techniques that sometimes utilize different tools to press and knead the skin and tissue. Monica Mendal, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Even without a stand mixer, other tools can knead bread dough. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 To use it, take a piece of the cleaning gel and knead it into a ball. USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 Using your fingertips or a tool, such as Pause’s Fascia Stimulating Tool, knead and contour the facial muscles, moving along the jawline and upward toward the highs of the cheekbones, under-eye region, and across the forehead. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 3 May 2021 Knead the clay together to create a marbled effect (be careful not to knead the clay so much that the colors blend together) and roll back out to ¼-inch thick. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2021

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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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The first known use of knead was before the 12th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Knead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce knead (audio) \
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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