sew

verb
\ 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

Synonyms

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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For baby gifts, check out FORAI (Friends of Refugees and Immigrants), a nonprofit that sells the cutest onesies, all of which help the artisans sustain sewing micro-businesses. Jane Mosbacher Morris, Marie Claire, "5 Easy Ways to Use Your Wallet to Create Real Change," 31 Jan. 2019 Hem the sides and sew loops on either end to fit the rods. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What to Do with Fabric Scraps, No Matter How Little You Have Leftover," 17 Apr. 2019 Though, it should be noted, even Hadid’s purse had extra pockets sewn on the side. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Pockets are important to women, and high-fashion designers are recognizing that," 21 Sep. 2018 Levis, Guess and other brands sewed pants at local factories. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 The coat's seams are all hand sewn, rendering the garment with a clean finish. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Pink Mansur Gavriel Coat Is On Sale," 17 Jan. 2019 Many of the other seamstresses also now sew gold and silver bells onto their outfits. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 Next, sew both sides of the faux fur together, and do the same with a piece of felt that’s the same size as the fur. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch an Armoire Transform Into a Hidden Bar," 2 Aug. 2018 Perhaps with feather boa cuffs (cut one apart and sew for simple bracelets), a wide belt, and even a touch of fun face paint or makeup? Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Wicked-Easy Witch Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 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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The first known use of sew was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for sew

sew

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sew

: to make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing) by using a needle and thread

sew

verb
\ 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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