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

Other Words from sew

sewability \ ˌsō-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce sew (audio) \ noun
sewable \ ˈsō-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce sew (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Colorado resident was 5 years old when her mother, Tonya, taught her how to sew. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 14 Apr. 2022 Either follow the shape of the tear or sew in a geometric pattern. Ebony Roberts, Outside Online, 1 Nov. 2021 The surgeon faced a dilemma: continue an operation that could kill an extremely sick patient on the operating table or sew the patient up, extending their life by only a few painful days at most. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 7 May 2022 For years, the Kremlin's power to weave disinformation into a believable narrative was a seemingly ever-present boogeyman, threatening to disrupt elections and sew discord thousands of miles away from Moscow. Byshannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 11 Apr. 2022 The two women grew closer after Yuriko volunteered to sew costumes for the company; within a few months, Yuriko was brought on as a full member. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2022 At 10 years old, Biffin taught herself to draw, paint, make dresses and sew using her mouth, teeth and shoulders, reports Colin Gleadell for the Telegraph. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Dec. 2021 The nonprofit hires and trains refugee women to professionally sew using industrial machines, equipping them with the skills to enter the broader workplace. Lauren Lee, CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 Some of the students have been taking panels home to sew them together with other family members. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Sew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ 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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