knit

verb
\ 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

knit

noun

Definition of knit (Entry 2 of 2)

2a : a knit fabric
b knits plural : knitwear

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Other Words from knit

Verb

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 Every Bearaby blanket is hand-knit, and the weight comes from the fabric, not metal plates or other inserts. CNN Underscored, "Forget the flowers — Mom’s earned a relaxing Mother’s Day gift this year," 30 Mar. 2021 There’s a striped top with an oversized collar, a chunky black tie, a burgundy knit sweater vest, and then the oversized blazer and pants. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "I Love Demi Moore’s Weird Three-Piece Suit in Now and Then," 30 Mar. 2021 Her husband, Prince William, sat beside her for the appearance, wearing a blue knit sweater layered over a light button-down. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Classic Black Turtleneck in a Video PSA with Prince William," 25 Mar. 2021 Like The Row’s take, Ganni’s iteration was cream, cable knit, and blanketed its model’s entire upper half. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Lenny Kravitz Had The Right Idea About Scarves," 8 Mar. 2021 His washed-silk blousons and knit shirts nod to leisurewear, but with more sophistication than sweats. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, "Streamlined, Soothing and Pragmatic: How the Pandemic Influenced This Spring’s Luxury Menswear," 27 Feb. 2021 The interlock knit construction prevents heat from seeping out, and is durable. Outdoor Life, "Best Neck Gaiter: Protection from the Neck Up in Every Season," 18 Feb. 2021 One of the standout costumes in the series is an orange, green and burgundy knit suit worn by actress Cynthia Erivo, who plays Franklin, in scenes involving 1967 recording sessions in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "How NatGeo's 'Genius: Aretha' makes Queen of Soul come alive through her iconic wardrobe," 19 Mar. 2021 The trio was close-knit, as the rest of their family lived in Korea and the brothers did not have a relationship with their father, Park said. BostonGlobe.com, "What we know about the victims in the Atlanta shootings," 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jil Sander’s Luke and Lucie Meier continue to riff on their popular stuffed strap thongs, while Gabriela Hearst debuted a shearling footbed slide with an exaggerated knit upper. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The 10 Most Important Accessory Trends for Fall 2021," 19 Mar. 2021 But both the cardigan and bra are back now, and so is Holmes with a more low-key, but equally cool way of styling the knit. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Katie Holmes Just Rewore Her Viral Cardigan — & It Looks Totally Different," 12 Mar. 2021 Sill arrived in sheer white pants and a knit shawl, gifted Disparti a vegetarian cookbook, and played a melody on guitar as her 18-year-old niece walked down the aisle. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, "The Many Lives of Judee Sill," 16 Mar. 2021 The brand new reality series, which hit the streaming service on Friday, follows the daily lives of a tight knit and very exclusive Asian community in the heart of Los Angeles. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Stars Of Netflix’s Bling Empire Are Just As Glam Off-Camera," 16 Jan. 2021 Frosted with silver lurex, the navy turtleneck was subtly festive, especially when the Beckham zoomed in to showcase the knit’s details—and her canary yellow diamond ring. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Of Course Victoria Beckham’s Christmas Sweater is Effortlessly Cool," 3 Dec. 2020 Try a textured knit from Hermès or Ralph Lauren with trim pants from the likes of Givenchy. Eddie Wrey, WSJ, "How to Wear a Suit Like a Work of Art—Even at Home," 10 Mar. 2021 Layer it under a chunky knit come winter or wear it open over a swimsuit in the summer. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Get Back to Basics With a White Button Up Shirt," 4 Mar. 2021 For a head-to-toe take on the trend, a knit set is both effortless and put-together, not to mention a comfortable way to ease your way out of sweats. Laura Lajiness, Marie Claire, "How to Wear Spring’s Statement Colors," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of knit

Verb

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

Noun

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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Time Traveler for knit

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

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17 Apr 2021

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“Knit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knit. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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knit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of knit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (a piece of clothing) from yarn or thread by using long needles or a special machine
: to closely join or combine (things or people)
: to form (something) by bringing people or things together

knit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knit (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of clothing that has been made by knitting

knit

verb
\ 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

knit

verb
\ 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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