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 The coffee community is close-knit, and Nirvana Soul is separated by just a few degrees from Portrait Coffee in Atlanta, Georgia. April Siese, CBS News, "Five Black businesses making a difference in their communities and thriving despite COVID-19," 24 Feb. 2021 The scene was so tightly knit that, yes, Tricky was a founding member of Massive Attack before striking out on his own. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Massive Attack Has Never Sounded So Good," 19 Feb. 2021 In the plus column, McTavish wears a cable knit sweater and tweed newsboy cap well. Lauren Hill, chicagotribune.com, "What we’re watching: ‘Nomadland’ to Queen Latifah’s ‘The Equalizer’ and ‘Outlander’ stars in kilts," 19 Feb. 2021 Like the Belchers from Bob’s Burgers, the Tobin family is tight-knit and deeply involved in their quirky, unusual community. Ashley Chervinski, refinery29.com, "The Celebrity Voices You’ll Hear On The Great North," 14 Feb. 2021 Wearing a muted brown overcoat and knit mittens, Sanders sat with his legs and arms crossed indifferently before him. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bernie Sanders Has Seen the Memes, and He's Laughing with You," 22 Jan. 2021 Specifically, the Senator from Vermont chose a pair of cosy knit mittens that can only be described as the sartorial equivalent of his entire being. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Bernie Sander’s Viral Inauguration Mittens Are Cosy & Casual Vermontcore At Its Etsy Finest," 21 Jan. 2021 Denim transmogrifies into chaps, leather morphs into cable knit flares, and sports tops become slinky halter necks. New York Times, "The Year of Telfar," 21 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, Janessa Leoné’s knit hooded neck-warmer is the perfect addition to a classic wool coat or puffer jacket. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Heading Out? Don’t Forget These Stylish, Winter-Ready Accessories," 16 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The long sleeves and cowl-neck will help keep the upper body from getting too cold, and the thick knit is incredibly cozy. Mallory Pitts, chicagotribune.com, "How to style a dress for winter," 25 Feb. 2021 White sneakers with a knit and pleated midi skirt is the perfect balance of casual and poised. Cassandra Hogan, Town & Country, "How to Style a Classic: White Sneakers," 17 Feb. 2021 If your sweater is a pullover, choose a light-weight knit. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MALE CALL: Highlight strengths when downplaying pandemic pounds," 15 Feb. 2021 To be sure, there’s really no bad time to invest in a good knit. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Stocking Up on Sweaters? These Covetable Knits Are All on Sale Right Now," 15 Jan. 2021 Layer it over a cozy knit dress or keep it classic with a half-tuck inside your favorite denim, and enjoy the payoff of appearing put-together regardless of the empty pint of ice cream that's just chilling on your bedside table. Erin Parker, Glamour, "15 Effortlessly Cool White Button-Downs to Keep on Rotation," 16 Jan. 2021 Switch up your sweater game by wrapping your knit around just one shoulder. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "7 Sweater Styling Tips From the Spring 2021 Collections to Try Now," 28 Nov. 2020 The knit is thick and cozy but is so deliciously soft – not heavy or scratchy at all. Emily Ruane, refinery29.com, "Allbirds’ New Eco-Apparel Is Here — & We Wore It First," 20 Oct. 2020 To pull off the downtown look as effortlessly as Gigi Hadid, opt for a chunky knit. Marykate Boylan, Town & Country, "6 Ways Style a Classic Black Turtleneck," 5 Nov. 2020

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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 Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

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“Knit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knit. Accessed 8 Mar. 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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