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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to practice or engage in sewing
sewability noun
sewable adjective

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Sew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


sewed; sewn ˈsōn How to pronounce sew (audio) or sewed; sewing
: to join or fasten by stitches
sew on a button
: to work with needle and thread

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