\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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Using a hand stitch, sew one side of the wing to the outer thigh of your pants. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018 From there, it's stuffed, sewn, and shipped out to people all over the world. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "We Cat Not Believe These Custom Pet Pillows," 2 Aug. 2018 Detectives used a barcode label sewn to the luggage to establish it was purchased at a local Walmart the day before. Fox News, "‘Suitcase killer’ who dumped pregnant woman’s naked body in trash set for execution," 27 Mar. 2018 These are typically human-hair made, with a closure (a hairpiece that looks like your natural scalp) sewn on the unit's crown that can only be parted one or two ways in the front. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "Lace Frontier: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Wigs," 10 Sep. 2018 Robert arranged it with five rows of six stars and four rows of five stars, spending 12 and a half hours sewing the flag. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2018 After Coco’s mother died, she was raised in an orphanage by nuns who taught her how to sew. Washington Post, "One woman’s unusual method for defying incurable cancer," 21 Apr. 2018 While growing up in Barbados, Norma learned to sew and throughout her life lovingly made clothes for her family in addition to herself., "Norma Wenda Ifill," 28 June 2018 One woman who has benefited from AFER’s work is a 37-year-old named Nadia, who learned how to sew and soon began paying other women to help tackle big jobs. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Away," 25 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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sewage disposal

sewage farm

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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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