\ 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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While transporting a dying man to the hospital, two paramedics find $1 million in cash sewn into his clothing. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Most are JanSport or High Sierra backpacks retrofitted with ballistic panels sewn into the back. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "Sales of bulletproof backpacks surged 200% to 300% in the wake of last week's mass shootings, companies say," 8 Aug. 2019 Most are JanSport or High Sierra backpacks retrofitted with ballistic panels sewn into the back. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Sales of bulletproof backpacks surged 200% – 300% in the wake of last week’s mass shootings, companies say," 8 Aug. 2019 My mother, a nurse who’d been raised in the Swiss countryside with sensible shoes practically sewn into the soles of her feet, would have been horrified. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "What I’ve Learned About Style From My Nigerian Father," 14 June 2019 The few families who had been able to bring with them items of value—gold smuggled out, sewn into their clothes—could trade it in the fast-emerging markets for vegetables or fruit, which were highly sought-after. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 Others just like to wear the labels on the outside rather than subtly sewn into the seam. Ellen Warren,, "Sandal season: Scratchy thong solution and the truth about summer stockings," 6 June 2019 Made from lightweight, high-tenacity nylon taffeta, the Doublenest packs into a 5-inch by 5-inch storage bag sewn into the hammock. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 The other day some woman approached me and asked if the pearls across my knuckles were sewn into my skin. Glamour, "Hand Chains Never Fail to Get Me Compliments," 15 May 2019

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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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