\ 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 kneadable (audio) \ adjective
kneader noun

Examples of knead in a Sentence

Knead the dough until it is smooth.
Recent Examples on the Web Bring it out and knead for a bit, then divide the dough in half. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Bao Buns," 26 Nov. 2019 For those looking for a melt-proof alternative, Visser suggests submerging ReFa's Carat Face Roller in ice water and using its two rounded prongs to gently knead the face to increase circulation and counteract puffiness. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Has an Easy Trick for De-Puffing Tired Eyes," 31 Oct. 2019 In China, fish scraps have long been kneaded and slapped against the kitchen counter until aerated and sticky enough to roll into hefty, delightfully rubbery balls, a technique Jew still practices at his restaurant. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "Everyone Loves Crispy and Crunchy, But What About Chewy?," 21 Oct. 2019 Add coriander, oregano, cinnamon, and pepper and gently knead with hands until well combined. Washington Post, "A burger that could transport you to the Greek islands," 29 July 2019 Add panko, Monterey Jack, mayonnaise, and pepper and gently knead with hands until well combined. Chris Ross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Skillet-cooked turkey burger has West Coast vibe," 16 July 2019 Add 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until dough begins to come together. Transfer dough to floured surface and knead a couple of times. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust," 28 Oct. 2019 Gluten from adding too much flour or over-kneading the dough can make gnocchi heavy and chewy. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make homemade gnocchi," 11 Oct. 2019 Finish kneading the dough together with your hands. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Your cup of coffee and these simple almond biscotti make a perfect match," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

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“Knead.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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