kneel

verb
\ ˈnēl How to pronounce kneel (audio) \
knelt\ ˈnelt How to pronounce kneel (audio) \ or kneeled; kneeling

Definition of kneel

intransitive verb

: to position the body so that one or both knees rest on the floor The prisoners were ordered to kneel. : to fall or rest on the knees She kneeled on the floor next to the child.

Examples of kneel in a Sentence

She was kneeling on the floor beside her child. He was kneeling in front of the altar and praying.
Recent Examples on the Web Kanye appears bearing a black suitcase, but steps back to allow his ex-wife to kneel to the floor and do the honors. Vogue, 29 Apr. 2022 His only way out is through the guidance of his beloved acting teacher, Gene, who is then pulled inside the nightmare and is forced to kneel in the middle of some wasteland and beg for his life. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The Supreme Court will tackle a dispute between public school officials and a former high school football coach who wanted to kneel and pray on the field after games. Jessica Gresko, ajc, 25 Apr. 2022 The Supreme Court will tackle a dispute between public school officials and a former high school football coach who wanted to kneel and pray on the field after games. Jessica Gresko, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Apr. 2022 The Supreme Court has agreed to hear another religious rights claim from a conservative Christian, this time to decide whether a former high school football coach had a free-speech right to kneel and lead postgame prayers at the 50-yard line. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 For years, the coach would kneel at the center of the field following games and lead students in prayer. Jessica Gresko, ajc, 25 Apr. 2022 For years, the coach would kneel at the center of the field following games and lead students in prayer. Jessica Gresko, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Apr. 2022 If a funeral procession is passing through a town or village, the people, who may not have known the dead soldier, kneel down on either side of the road. From Cnn Opinion, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kneel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kneel

Middle English knelen, from Old English cnēowlian; akin to Old English cnēow knee

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

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Dictionary Entries Near kneel

knee-jointed

kneel

knee-length

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14 May 2022

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“Kneel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kneel. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for kneel

kneel

verb
\ ˈnēl How to pronounce kneel (audio) \
knelt\ ˈnelt \ or kneeled\ ˈnēld \; kneeling

Kids Definition of kneel

: to support the body on the knees

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