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 But the speech also served as a road map for her path to the nomination, positioning Warren as the only candidate in the race who can knit together the women voters and progressive activists who propelled the Democrats to midterm victories in 2018. Charlotte Alter, Time, "'One Woman, and Millions of People to Back Her Up.' How Elizabeth Warren Made Fighting Corruption A Feminist Rallying Cry," 17 Sep. 2019 That means the Fed chair will have to knit his 16 colleagues’ interest rate projections into one comprehensive narrative. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Trump Urges ‘Big’ Rate Cut as Fed Faces Challenges," 16 Sep. 2019 The deal, worth about $80 billion including debt, is the second this year that would knit together two of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "AbbVie Strikes Deal to Acquire Allergan for About $63 Billion," 25 June 2019 In India, where cricket is one of the few things that knit together this disparate nation, the people of the distant northeast see glory in a different sport: Soccer. Yirmiyan Arthur, Fox News, "In cricket-mad India, 1 distant corner is crazy for soccer," 29 June 2018 Sample garments abound on shelves and dress forms at Knit Schitck — schtick being Yiddish for an entertainer’s routine and sharing some consonant sounds with stecken, German for stick, like knitting needles might be. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Of earls and purls: Costa Mesa knitting group makes accessories to look the part at ‘Downton Abbey’ showing," 13 Sep. 2019 The elegant, wool-and-cashmere knit number—accented with a steamy, high leg slit—left us looking on in awe in our August linens. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Has Dinner with Her Boyfriend and Mom in a Sweater Dress with a Thigh-High Slit," 15 Aug. 2019 Despite their fame, the entire family is clearly very close-knit — Presley even has a tattoo of Kaia’s name on his arm to immortalize their tight sibling bond. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Kaia Gerber Channels Mom Cindy Crawford While Celebrating Her 18th Birthday in N.Y.C.," 7 Sep. 2019 In Afghanistan, families tend to be large and close-knit, and the journalists' deaths, like nearly all in the conflict, had a devastating ripple effect. Laura King, latimes.com, "Work of slain Afghan journalists provided intimate, wrenching look at country's long conflict," 30 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Luna wore a white dress with a knit cream cardigan. Andrea Salcedo, New York Times, "‘Oh, Forgive Us!’: Heartbreak at Wake for Twins Who Died in Hot Car," 2 Aug. 2019 Gone are the days of Princess Grace and Jackie O gliding down the mountain at Gstaad wearing designer sunglasses, cashmere turtlenecks underneath chunky wool cable knits, and slim, flattering waterproof trousers. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Designer-Backed Women’s Ski Collection Will Actually Get You Excited For Winter," 29 Aug. 2019 The Concorde was flying, Françoise Hardy and Joe Dassin were singing and women (and men) cruised the Left Bank in Mr. Cardin’s stretchy knits and swooping miniskirts. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Back to the Future With Pierre Cardin’s Space-Age Fashion," 22 Aug. 2019 In fact, winter white—from shoes to outerwear, knits, and even white pants–is chicer than ever. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "It’s Time to Shut Down Fashion’s Oldest Myth Once and For All," 22 Aug. 2019 Ward chronicles Jared's upbringing in a close knit and wealthy family in New Jersey. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Josh Kushner’s Parents Apparently Banned Karlie Kloss From Family Gatherings," 19 Mar. 2019 Wearing a neutral knit sweater, Cameron gives a seductive smize directly into the camera and poses with one hand placed over his opposite shoulder, giving himself a half hug. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Tyler Cameron Shares New Modeling Photo as His Relationship with Gigi Hadid Heats Up," 28 Aug. 2019 When my foot, which felt secure in the knit upper, touched down, it was perfectly cushioned. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, "The New Nike Joyride Flyknit Run Launches Today—Here’s What You Need to Know," 15 Aug. 2019 Not to mention, the chic factor of a sleek, sophisticated knit tank is undeniable. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "The Knit Tank Is The Top Of The Summer, Here's Where to Snag One," 1 July 2019

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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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knit

verb
How to pronounce knit (audio)

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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