\ˈsō \
sewed; sewn\ˈsōn \ 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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Other Words from sew

sewability \ˌsō-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
sewable \ˈsō-ə-bəl \ adjective

Synonyms for sew


darn, stitch, suture

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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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First the raw denim was washed in a drum filled with pumice stones and bleach, then it was cut and sewn into shape., "How Brutal Cult Leader Tony Alamo Amassed A Fortune With Bedazzled Denim Jackets," 29 June 2018 Each of her pieces uses only the finest lamb leather and is sewn by Mexican artisans. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Latina Cool Girl’s Guide to Mexico City," 4 June 2018 Current display items include a summer spread sewn by the wife of Sam Houston, Margaret Lea Houston, and correspondence between the couple. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sam Houston Regional Library set to reopen June 9 after renovations," 24 May 2018 Hospital staff dressed her tiny body in tiny baby clothes, sewn by volunteers. Eva Holland, WIRED, "Saving Baby Boy Green," 27 Mar. 2018 By borrowing a freedman’s protection certificate from a friend and wearing the disguise of a sailor sewn by Anna, Frederick made his way to New York City by train (possibly spending Anna’s money to buy the ticket, says historian Leigh Fought). Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hidden History of Anna Murray Douglass," 5 Mar. 2018 That these clothes were made in the tradition of haute couture — special fabrics, cut on the round, sewn by hand, fitted painstakingly in toiles, molded on the body, pressed with hot irons — was implicit in every garment. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Clare Waight Keller’s astonishing haute-couture debut was 25 years in the making.," 18 Feb. 2018 When Kerrigan and Altman started, there were still factories in North Philly where seamstresses could sew uniforms at single machines. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Team Sports Planet: an Internet pioneer faces Amazon, private equity," 9 July 2018 The editing pace quickens and thematic elements emerge in a repeating montage that includes Wojnarowicz sewing his mouth shut and a crucifix spattered with blood and crawling with ants. Peter Keough,, "Doc Talk: Prison reform, computer games, gay marriage, silent Super 8," 21 June 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near sew






sewage disposal

sewage farm

Phrases Related to sew

sewing machine

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

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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 \
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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