\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In this way, the organization is able to connect with youth who may not otherwise have an interest in or access to the resources needed to learn how to sew. Megan Embrey, House Beautiful, "The Social Justice Sewing Academy Fosters Dialogue Through Quilting," 16 Dec. 2020 If spending so much time at home has brought out your nesting side, now could be the perfect time to learn to sew! Carla Sosenko, Popular Science, "The best Walmart Cyber Monday deals: The best early deals and sales on TVs, air fryers, gaming consoles, and more," 12 Nov. 2020 Someone would sew a seam on a T-shirt and then drop it into a basket. Eric Boodman, STAT, "As a kid, his factory work paid for his dad’s cancer care. As an oncologist, his research offers more than survival," 24 Nov. 2020 At 20, Viard, who was taught to sew by her mother, established a label, Nirvana, with a friend, making clothing using fabrics produced in her grandfather’s textile factory. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Virginie Viard, the Woman Behind Chanel’s New Chapter," 24 Nov. 2020 For example, children can sew masks to donate to local hospitals and essential workers. Washington Post, "Volunteering can give kids purpose in uncertain times — and there are still ways to do it," 16 Nov. 2020 Xiong opened S&B Alteration three years ago after learning how to sew and tailor clothing from her sisters-in-law, who operate a bridal shop in De Pere., "'Shecession': COVID-19 pandemic presses down on Wisconsin women," 5 Nov. 2020 Editor's Note: For the felt section without the half-inch excess, sew the T-shirt strips across the full width of the panel. Lauren Bengtson, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make a Fringed Tree Skirt from T-Shirt Fabric," 4 Nov. 2020 The tailors who sew elaborate holiday boubous and vendors who sell barbecue grills by roadsides are hurting, too., "UK has Europe’s worst surge in deaths during pandemic, study says," 31 July 2020

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

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24 Dec 2020

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“Sew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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