\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web His mother sewed in a factory making zippers, hems and pockets; his father worked with Rafael’s grandfather at a lumber mill. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "A family with roots in the Seattle region starts over in Mexico," 24 Sep. 2019 On a recent morning, a stranger noticed Ms. Allen’s name sewn on her uniform and spontaneously began to belt out the chorus from a song from the Police. Laura Dimon, New York Times, "New York’s Hottest Makeup Counter: The Port Authority Bathroom," 23 Aug. 2019 To sew together the missing dates, the research team combined the new measurements from seven different lava sources around the world with past records of magnetized elements in ocean sediments and Antarctic ice cores. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Earth’s Magnetic Field Could Take Longer to Flip Than Previously Thought," 8 Aug. 2019 And there are many more suits sitting in New Orleans living rooms, serving as inspiration to sew a better suit for next year from a seat on the couch. Laura Testino,, "Created new each year, Mardi Gras Indian suits find more permanent homes," 28 June 2019 Wanting more, the teenager learned to sew, sneaking in lessons from a friend during their hour-long lunch break and two 15-minute breaks. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Fleeing Syria, these child refugees become child laborers," 20 June 2019 On Snapchat today, the new mom posted a new clip of her little one sleeping peacefully on the couch, in a neutral knit onesie with itty bitty ears sewn on the hood. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stormi Webster Is Already Helping Kylie Jenner Show Off Her Nails," 14 Mar. 2018 One gown for Satine is decorated with over 3,500 Swarovski crystals, each hand-sewn into the garment by Gonzalez. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Behind the Scenes of the Moulin Rouge! Musical With Its Star Costume Designer," 24 July 2019 Stack these two pieces and sew them together at the edges to make one rectangle. Jessy Ellenberger, Woman's Day, "Jaws with Claws Costume," 9 Sep. 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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21 Nov 2019

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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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