\ 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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Full-Back or Closed-Back bibs, especially in that that these are sewn from 11.5-ounce denim. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Find the Best Bib Overalls for the Job," 27 Nov. 2018 Williams was influenced by her grandmother, who sewed for the community. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Windsor Trio Sets Sights On Higher Ed, High Fashion," 19 June 2018 There are sweaters with plush reindeer heads sewn to the front. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "From Chanel to Marc Jacobs, These Gorgeous Knits Are the Antidote to Ugly Christmas Sweater Season," 25 Dec. 2018 The five-year-old's fellow page boys—Brian Mulroney, John Mulroney, and Jasper Dyer—also had their initials sewn onto the epaulettes of their jackets. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Talk About the Hidden Details in Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Royal Wedding Looks," 26 Oct. 2018 Inside, along the vamp, two strips of leather with a piece of plastic sewn between kept the shoe rigid. Michael Farber,, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 In fall 2016, their first shipment of clothes arrived four months late—the chamois had the elastic waist sewn inside out and all the shorts were one size too large. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "Wild Rye Is Making Our Favorite Women's MTB Apparel," 17 May 2018 Men in court had buttons like these — and others depicting a fine spa, architecture and animals — sewn onto their coats. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Indy has a button convention; here are stories behind 5 of the most fascinating pieces," 10 Mar. 2018 By the end: organic cotton pants sewn by a Sri Lankan women’s collective. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 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 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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