sew

play
verb \ˈsō\

Definition of sew

sewed

;

sewn

play \ˈsōn\ or

sewed

;

sewing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to unite or fasten by stitches

  3. 2 :  to close or enclose by sewing sew the money in a bag

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to practice or engage in sewing

sewability

play \ˌsō-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

sewable

play \ˈsō-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of sew in a Sentence

  1. She sews her own dresses by hand.

  2. He sewed a patch onto his sleeve.

  3. I sewed the button back on the shirt.

  4. The surgeon sewed the wound shut.

  5. She designs her own dresses and sews in her free time.

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Origin and Etymology of sew

Middle English, from Old English sīwian; akin to Old High German siuwen to sew, Latin suere


First Known Use: before 12th century

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SEW Defined for English Language Learners

sew

play
verb

Definition of sew for English Language Learners

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


SEW Defined for Kids

sew

play
verb \ˈsō\

Definition of sew for Students

sewed

;

sewn

\ˈsōn\ or

sewed

;

sewing

  1. 1 :  to join or fasten by stitches

  2. 2 :  to work with needle and thread



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