verb (1)
\ ˈwēv \
wove\ˈwōv \ or weaved; woven\ˈwō-vən \ or weaved; weaving

Definition of weave 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to form (cloth) by interlacing strands (as of yarn) specifically : to make (cloth) on a loom by interlacing warp and filling threads

b : to interlace (threads) into cloth

c : to make (something, such as a basket) by intertwining

2 : spin sense 2 used of spiders and insects

3 : to interlace especially to form a texture, fabric, or design

4a : to produce by elaborately combining elements : contrive

b : to unite in a coherent whole

c : to introduce as an appropriate element : work in usually used with in or into

5 : to direct (something, such as the body) in a winding or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles

intransitive verb

1 : to work at weaving : make cloth

2 : to move in a devious, winding, or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles



Definition of weave (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something woven especially : woven cloth

2 : any of the patterns or methods for interlacing the threads of woven fabrics

3 : a hair extension (see extension sense 7d) specifically : a length of natural or synthetic hair that is sewn into one's natural hair after it has been braided into cornrows


verb (2)
weaved; weaving

Definition of weave (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to move waveringly from side to side : sway

Examples of weave in a Sentence

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Birth control has become imperceptibly woven into the fabric of society, a prerequisite for modern life — as unremarkable and taken-for-granted as the rest of our most miraculous technological innovations. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 With a light touch, Ms. Bode wove together family history and political history: Khadi cloth represents the resurgence of domestic cloth manufacture to India, a cause championed by Gandhi. New York Times, "New York Men’s Fashion Week: The Mixtape," 11 July 2018 Country songs tend to use more specific lyrics and weave a plot, whereas pop music is more likely to relate a feeling or a circumstance with its words. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Country's Roots Are Showing as New Releases Embrace Old-School Sounds," 11 July 2018 The film’s spectacular visuals weave a story of a lion family that’s up against some serious odds. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Rare desert lions are magnificent, and you can see them in their home territory," 8 July 2018 At the Folklife Festival, Dianna Hovhannisyan is weaving rugs of silk. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 July 2018 Geisel’s 1971 children’s book about a lovable environmental hero, and weaves a cautionary tale of the lost Truffula tree. Michael James Rocha, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: San Diego History Center's LGBTQ+ exhibit, Kevin Hart, Bayside Summer Nights," 6 July 2018 Xavier Bonner Trio Xavier Bonner weaves threads of the soulful and the metaphysical into his mesmerizing jazz compositions. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Idiot Kids at Outer Limits, Nick Speed at the Old Miami," 5 July 2018 Motivated by the grief of his wife's death, neuropsychologist and writer Broks weaves a mesmerizing web of memories, his own research, Greek mythology and the writings of famous philosophers to muse on the nature of awareness. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The True Point of Searching for Alien Life; the Misuse of Genetics and Other New Science Books," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are plenty of misconceptions about weaves and wigs: the idea that white women don't wear them, for example. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Amara La Negra Discusses Foundation Shades, Natural Hair, and Colorism at the Teen Vogue Summit 2018," 3 June 2018 There are gold chains and luxurious weaves and clouds of curly hair and expertly manicured faces, women and men shielded in hoodies and thick bubble jackets. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Welcome to the Social Media ‘Black Power Kitchen’ of Tomorrow," 29 May 2018 The site features rugs organized by sizes and weaves, in a range of prices. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "How to Buy, and Style, a Vintage Moroccan Rug," 22 June 2018 Oscar's Winner's Circle 3800 W. Burnham St. facebook.com/oscarswinnerscircle Just as this location of the burger-bar Oscar's weaves Mexican flavors into its burger toppings, the new (just last weekend) patio has a taste of Mexico, too. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 Historical fencing makes a genuine attempt at historical accuracy, with all the clunky, cumbersome plates of metal or weighty weaves of chainmail designed to protect one from the strikes of a scimitar. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "World Cup host set for historical fencing to forget soccer," 1 July 2018 This floor lamp is the perfect candidate: a lighter-than-air style statement that throws off plenty of light thanks to the open weave shade. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Stunning Rattan Pieces for Your Home," 22 Jan. 2018 Cover up with long sleeves and pants in tight-weave fabrics (like yoga pants!) that are harder for mosquitos to bite through. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "A Florida Teen Is the First Human to Catch This Virus From a Mosquito," 25 June 2018 She was last seen wearing a white V-neck T-shirt and black pants, and her hair is black with a blond weave, police say. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Cops "can no longer confirm" abduction of girl missing after grandfather shot," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The type of disruption the staid car business needs is woven through Tesla’s DNA. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Musk Needs to Find His Mary Barra," 13 July 2018 The largest handbag Rivera sells on the streets of Cucuta is painstakingly woven from 1,000 individual bills totaling 100,000 bolivares. Author: Jim Wyss, Anchorage Daily News, "Venezuela’s currency is worth so little that artisans make purses out of it," 24 June 2018 Refugees and immigrants are weaved into the fabric of Idaho's history. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Seeking safety after war-torn pasts, refugees become citizens and are 'reborn' in Boise," 23 June 2018 Full of significance, floral headdresses were woven into the social and sartorial traditions of destinations as distant as Russia and Hawaii. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "The Best Flower Crowns of All Time, From Frida Kahlo to Jennifer Lawrence," 22 June 2018 This historical amnesia is woven into this country’s DNA. Renée Graham, BostonGlobe.com, "The nation’s historical amnesia," 21 June 2018 Issues of race and black identity are woven throughout, with archival photos and video footage of his family’s church-going. Carolyne Zinko, Houston Chronicle, "Review: Stylish Andre Leon Talley documentary needs more substance," 20 June 2018 The largest handbag Rivera sells on the streets of Cúcuta, along the Venezuelan border, is painstakingly woven from 1,000 individual bills totaling 100,000 bolivares. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Venezuela's currency is worth so little that artisans are making purses out it," 20 June 2018 Music, art, cooking, travel, animals and literature are woven into the the professional, avocational and family lives of her children and grandchildren. courant.com, "Ilana Hirsch Kertzman," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of weave

Verb (1)

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


1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weave

Verb (1)

Middle English weven, from Old English wefan; akin to Old High German weban to weave, Greek hyphainein to weave, hyphos web

Verb (2)

Middle English weven to move to and fro, wave; akin to Old Norse veifa to be in movement — more at wipe

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English Language Learners Definition of weave

: a pattern in a woven cloth : a particular way of weaving cloth


\ ˈwēv \
wove\ˈwōv \; woven\ˈwō-vən \; weaving

Kids Definition of weave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move back and forth, up and down, or in and out She weaved through the crowd.

2 : to form (as cloth) by lacing together strands of material

3 : spin entry 1 sense 4 Spiders are very clever at weaving their webs … —E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

4 : to make by or as if by lacing parts together He proceeds to weave a tale of adventure.

Other words from weave

weaver \ˈwē-vər \ noun



Kids Definition of weave (Entry 2 of 2)

: a method or pattern of lacing together strands of material

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