\ ˈnit How to pronounce knit (audio) \
knit or knitted; knitting

Definition of knit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form by interlacing yarn or thread in a series of connected loops with needles
2a : to link firmly or closely knitted my hands
b : to cause to grow together time and rest will knit a fractured bone
c : to contract into wrinkles knitted her brow
3 chiefly dialectal : to tie together

intransitive verb

1 : to make knitted fabrics or objects
2a : to become compact
b : to grow together
c : to become drawn together



Definition of knit (Entry 2 of 2)

2a : a knit fabric
b knits plural : knitwear

Other Words from knit


knitter noun

Examples of knit in a Sentence

Verb a style that knits together material from many different sources a town knit together by farming
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though Ryan and Amy are divorced, the family remains tightly knit. Michelle Matthews |, al, 4 May 2022 The long-term survival—and sanity—of the House of Windsor now rests in the happy, close-knit, middlebrow care of William and Catherine, and their clutch of little Cambridges. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 While some colors feature a plaid cotton material, others boast a fluffy faux fur or knit fabric. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 30 Dec. 2021 Zendaya wore a mossy green cable knit sweater with straight-legs trousers, white Nike sneakers, and a chic, brown suede Fendi bag. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2022 Emma wore a gold knit romper from Knorts Knit Denim, rimless sunglasses, and a fanny pack. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, 18 Apr. 2022 Charlotte wore a floral patterned dress with a Peter Pan collar, knit sky blue stockings, a navy blue cardigan, and Mary Jane flats. ELLE, 17 Apr. 2022 Its atmospheric score, which helps knit its multi-strand plotting, won best music. John Hopewell, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 The suspect was wearing a gray hooded jacket with two large pockets on the front, a black knit winter cap, black neoprene face mask, dark colored pants, gray tennis shoes and gray gloves. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This outfit is a teenage dream — Liv paired a colorful crochet mini dress with a black and white knit sweater and black knee-high lace-up boots. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 28 Apr. 2022 Plus, the adorable knit sweater pot adds to its overall charm. Stephanie Perry, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Dec. 2021 These aren't your basic running sneakers: Made with a unique knit crafted from eucalyptus trees, these eco-conscious kicks are also extremely lightweight and breathable. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 Tucking even a thin knit into clingy, flat-front pants will create the impression of a gut. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 Would current high school girls appreciate the luxurious knit of these socks? Jenny Singer, Glamour, 1 Apr. 2022 Greg Closter, who lives nearby, said the avalanche has made a friendly neighborhood even more tight-knit. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 One was wearing a hood, a black neck gator, a gray knit cap with a white hood over it, and possibly eyeglasses, state police say. Christine Dempsey,, 7 Mar. 2022 The Shonda Rhimes-executive produced series takes us inside the tough, tight-knit and sometimes heartbreaking world of the city’s bravest first responders. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of knit


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for knit

Verb and Noun

Middle English knitten, from Old English cnyttan; akin to Old English cnotta knot

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

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11 May 2022

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“Knit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for knit


\ ˈnit How to pronounce knit (audio) \
knit or knitted; knitting

Kids Definition of knit

1 : to form a fabric or garment by interlacing yarn or thread in connected loops with needles ( knitting needles ) knit a sweater
2 : wrinkle entry 2 The suspicious teacher knit his brow.
3 : to draw or come together closely as if knitted : unite firmly Hardship only knit the family more closely together.

Other Words from knit

knitter noun


\ ˈnit How to pronounce knit (audio) \
knit or knitted; knitting

Medical Definition of knit

transitive verb

: to cause to grow together time and rest will knit a fractured bone

intransitive verb

: to grow together fractures in old bones knit slowly

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