\ 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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Other Words from sew

sewability \ ˌsō-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce sewability (audio) \ noun
sewable \ ˈsō-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce sewable (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Outside of her job, Elise Lonnee liked to sew and crochet. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Elise Lonnee, co-owner of iconic Four Inns restaurant in downtown St. Paul, dies at 88," 27 June 2019 Participants will learn to sew bears or stuff bears to place in San Diego County sheriff deputy patrol cars for children in crisis. Maureen Robertson, Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Bow Wow Pow Wow, school plan public hearing," 5 June 2019 Growing up in a small town in Idaho, the Texan learned to sew, weave, and farm from her family and neighbors at a young age. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Meet the Contestants of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman's New Crafting Show Making It," 20 June 2018 Grey joins a list of South Floridians who have done very well on sew-sew show, including Amanda Perna of Delray Beach, Roberi Parra of Miami, Uli Herzner of Miami Beach, Katelyn Pankoke from Parkland and Kenley Collins from Pompano Beach. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "South Florida designer Sebastian Grey wins ‘Project Runway’," 14 June 2019 Each month volunteers gather to cut, sew and assemble pajama kits to provide pajamas to those in need. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Avid bowler marks 100th birthday at bowling alley," 13 June 2019 Upon placing an order, customers can input their measurements, leave notes for the production team, and view the name of the person who will sew their garments. Teen Vogue, "Designer Kelsey Randall Has Launched a Line of Made-to-Order Baby Doll Dresses," 29 May 2019 After the wet strips were pulled from the water, they were rushed to a nearby laundromat to be dried, then hauled back up to be ironed and sewn. Hailey Branson-potts,, "On the 40th anniversary of the LGBTQ pride symbol, artist wants her rainbow flag story told," 8 June 2018 But if a clothing company paid someone to sew clothes at home, then that person should be considered an employee, entitled to minimum wage, breaks, and other benefits of employment. Klint Finley, WIRED, "A California Ruling Threatens the Gig Economy," 2 May 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

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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 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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