sewed; sewn ˈsōn How to pronounce sew (audio) or sewed; sewing

transitive verb

: to unite or fasten by stitches
: to close or enclose by sewing
sew the money in a bag

intransitive verb

: to practice or engage in sewing
sewability noun
sewable adjective

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her mother, Masha, was a seamstress who was forced to sew clothes for Adolf Hitler's army. Natalie Morales, CBS News, 6 June 2024 Using a curved needle and a strong, nylon thread that matches the color of the fabric, gently sew the rip together. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 May 2024 Each wig is sewn onto a breathable wig cap that has tiny combs that attach to your hair on the front and back of the unit. Paris Wilson, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 May 2024 For the next three years our ASG chapter chose to sew duffle bags for foster youth as our community service project. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for sew 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sew was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


sewed; sewn ˈsōn How to pronounce sew (audio) or sewed; sewing
: to join or fasten by stitches
sew on a button
: to work with needle and thread

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