\ 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.

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Garner excitedly said when Uditi complimented her method for kneading the dough. Eric Todisco,, "Jennifer Garner Has Her 'First and Only' Guest on Her Pretend Cooking Show for a Pizza Tutorial," 6 Sep. 2019 The professional-grade 5200 model can do everything from kneading bread dough to blending healthy smoothies to making homemade baby food. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 splurge-worthy Prime Day deals that are actually worth the money," 15 July 2019 Here’s your at-home version: Make loose fists, and literally knead your knuckles into the muscles. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Skin-Care Secrets You Need to Try for Yourself," 3 Sep. 2019 Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough for 5 minutes to develop the gluten well. Los Angeles Times, "How to make the best kolaches from our favorite NYC pastry chef," 26 Aug. 2019 Starting with 1 cup of water, pour a thin stream into the bowl, stirring constantly, then knead until incorporated; the dough should be tacky but not sticky. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "La Cocina recipe: Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas Bean Tamale," 24 Aug. 2019 Swish it around a lot, then knead it thoroughly for a good long time. Ellen Warren,, "Taking the plunge into color — and breaking free of an all-black wardrobe," 29 July 2019 Water was injected through a nozzle, the pack was kneaded to reconstitute the food then squeezed directly into the mouth through an opening. Sarah-grace Mankarious, CNN, "Floating food: The history of eating in space," 19 July 2019 Add melted butter, Worcestershire, garam masala, cayenne, and pepper and gently knead with hands until well combined. America's Test Kitchen,, "Spice your turkey burgers up with some mango chutney," 18 June 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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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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