\ ˈsō How to pronounce sew (audio) \
sewed; sewn\ ˈsōn How to pronounce sew (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

Other Words from sew

sewability \ ˌsō-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce sew (audio) \ noun
sewable \ ˈsō-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce sew (audio) \ adjective

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her foster parents had a farm in Kinder, La., and taught her how to fish, hunt, can, sew and milk cows. Gale Hollandstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 Cut them up and sew them into a blanket or donate them to someone who might appreciate them. Sophie Hanson, Vogue, 24 June 2022 Orr’s older sister, Rachel Orr, offered to sew it in. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Perimov, the entrepreneur turned volunteer, recently commissioned a company to sew camouflage covers for them. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 31 May 2022 Her grandmother started off by teaching her how to sew beads in a straight line, then moved on to lace appliques, tracing the pattern with a needle and thread., 22 May 2022 At the time, large clothing brands contracted small manufacturers, which hired workers to sew the garments. Brahmjot Kaur, NBC News, 15 May 2022 That love grew to us wanting to learn to sew and create our own looks. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The easiest way to sew on the patch is with a simple running stitch, weaving in and out of the material in a straight line. Ebony Roberts, Outside Online, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Sew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for sew


\ 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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