\ ˈsō How to pronounce sew (audio) \
sewed; sewn\ ˈsōn How to pronounce sewn (audio) \ or sewed; sewing

Definition of sew

transitive verb

1 : to unite or fasten by stitches
2 : to close or enclose by sewing sew the money in a bag

intransitive verb

: to practice or engage in sewing

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sewability \ ˌsō-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce sewability (audio) \ noun
sewable \ ˈsō-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce sewable (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of sew in a Sentence

She sews her own dresses by hand. He sewed a patch onto his sleeve. I sewed the button back on the shirt. The surgeon sewed the wound shut. She designs her own dresses and sews in her free time.
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Recent Examples on the Web By April 9, the Blade + Blue materials were being sewn into masks, and now more than 1,200 are being produced daily, some of which are being donated to healthcare workers and first responders. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "From menswear to mask-making: Blade + Blue's Covid-19 pivot," 18 May 2020 The nurses recorded the heartfelt messages over the phone, then transferred the audio onto a tiny device that was then sewn inside the bear. Fox News, "VA nurse whose special teddy bears soothed coronavirus patients to be honored by NASCAR," 16 May 2020 Weems’ piece, which was sewn by seamstress Fereshteh Kasraei, is expected to be sold for between $20,000 and $30,000, according to a press release from Chrisie’s. Deborah Martin,, "Banner from Artpace exhibit ‘Word on the Street’ is being auctioned to benefit San Antonio refugee center," 8 May 2020 Advocacy groups have begun to introduce programs meant to catch immigrant families that are slipping through the financial safety net that is being hastily sewn by Congress. Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, "Married to an Undocumented Immigrant? You May Not Get a Stimulus Check.," 28 Apr. 2020 Glass beads are sewn into pockets and surrounded by polyester. NBC News, "The best eco-friendly weighted blankets," 20 Apr. 2020 Allen Edmonds' masks are a bit more complex than Rebel's kit masks, as they are sewn. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Saukville manufacturer is turning sanitary wipe fabric into 3.5 million masks for essential workers," 20 Apr. 2020 Masks are currently being sewn by a mix of volunteers, seamstresses, and fulfillment workers, who are working staggered shifts in separate areas while wearing masks of their own. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Rough Linen Is Sewing Face Masks for Kaiser Permanente's Medical Staff," 27 Mar. 2020 Some hospitals in Oregon are grappling with whether to accept protective gear sewn by the public. Conrad Wilson, ProPublica, "Medical Workers Treating Coronavirus Are Resorting to Homemade Masks," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sew

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sew

Middle English, from Old English sīwian; akin to Old High German siuwen to sew, Latin suere

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

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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sew

: to make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing) by using a needle and thread


\ ˈsō How to pronounce sew (audio) \
sewed; sewn\ ˈsōn \ or sewed; sewing

Kids Definition of sew

1 : to join or fasten by stitches
2 : to work with needle and thread

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