kneel

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verb \ˈnēl\

Definition of kneel

knelt

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kneeled

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kneeling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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

  1. She was kneeling on the floor beside her child.

  2. He was kneeling in front of the altar and praying.

Origin and Etymology of kneel

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


KNEEL Defined for English Language Learners

kneel

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verb \ˈnēl\

Definition of kneel for English Language Learners

  • : to move your body so that one or both of your knees are on the floor : to be in a position in which both of your knees are on the floor


KNEEL Defined for Kids

kneel

play
verb \ˈnēl\

Definition of kneel for Students

knelt

\ˈnelt\ or

kneeled

\ˈnēld\;

kneeling

  1. :  to support the body on the knees



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