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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fathers put their arms around daughters, and babies in strollers and the elderly in wheelchairs weaved their way toward the water. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Annapolis mourns, to the sounds of bagpipes and of silence," 29 June 2018 Lanterns from World Market frame a geometric rug by Furbish Studio and light the way inside, where woven baskets from World Market, a CB2 vase, and a colorful throw add visual interest. Sarah Storms, ELLE Decor, "How To Host a Modern Moroccan-Themed Party," 22 May 2018 Every story was a chance to correct centuries of stereotypes, weaving ancient cultures into modern news. Alden Woods, azcentral, "ASU graduates take on the world after changing their own to get a degree," 6 May 2018 These complications pale in comparison to the fact that deceit is woven into the fabric of the game. Alejandro Chacoff, The Atlantic, "Soccer Has No Interest in Fairness," 12 July 2018 The tragedy has stunned this town of 40,000, where the family was tightly woven into the community. New York Times, "Town Grieves for a Father and His Four Daughters," 8 July 2018 His words would end up weaved into an article on his newspaper’s website, a place his name typically only appears as a byline. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "'We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow': Capital Gazette journalists report on shooting in their own newsroom," 29 June 2018 One of his thoughts is to make conductive threads that could form part of electrical circuits woven into clothing. The Economist, "Making medical clothing that kills bugs," 28 June 2018 There’s funk and gospel woven into their songs as well. John Adamian, courant.com, "From Sam Hunt And Reba To U2 And King X: A Week Of Big-Name Concerts," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Denim-makers there have used the old looms to make jeans with a rougher weave. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "The Hottest Jeans Cost $2,000 and Are Made in Japan," 5 June 2018 Brajaean was wearing a white V-neck T-shirt and dark pants, and her hair is black with a blonde weave. Glenn E. Rice And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Amber Alert canceled for KC teen. Police still searching for her, suspect in shooting," 22 June 2018 Before getting her hair braided in late June, model Salem Mitchell had a long, wavy weave. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Model Salem Mitchell Is Sick of Black Women's Hairstyles Being Labeled "Ghetto"," 13 July 2018 Celebs spared no expense to pull off the look: J.Lo's went beyond her waist, Rihanna's touched her backside, Beyoncé's Grammy 'do was as long as some hemlines, and Nicki Minaj's weave went down to her ankles. refinery29.com, "The Latest Hollywood Hair Trend Takes 3 Seconds To Master," 6 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her go-to hairstylist Larry Sims gave her weave a chin-grazing bob last year. Lindsey V Thompson, Allure, "Gabrielle Union Just Cut Her Hair Into a Short Bob for the First Time Ever," 22 June 2018 Now, of course, Union has had short hair before... but those were only wigs and weaves. refinery29.com, "Exclusive: Why Gabrielle Union Cut Her Natural Hair, According To Her Stylist," 21 June 2018 Awkward moments aside, the Countess looked elegant in a blush pink Emilia Wickstead jumpsuit with black woven detailing down the arms and a matching Jane Taylor hat. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Countess Sophie Had an Awkward Moment with a Bug While Riding with Meghan Markle To the Royal Ascot," 21 June 2018 Allergy-proof bedding generally refers to extremely tightly woven covers for the various objects that make up your comfy, cozy bed, like your pillows and mattress. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "How Does Allergy-Proof Bedding Actually Work?," 8 June 2018 The volunteers toiled four days, weaving the lei and inscribing seashells with the names of those killed at Pulse. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County History Center's Pulse exhibit stirs memories, hearts and tears," 7 June 2018 There are opportunities to loosen up woven throughout the show. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "The McNay Art Museum invites San Antonians to get ‘Immersed’," 6 June 2018 Lanterns from World Market frame a geometric rug by Furbish Studio and light the way inside, where woven baskets from World Market, a CB2 vase, and a colorful throw add visual interest. Sarah Storms, ELLE Decor, "How To Host a Modern Moroccan-Themed Party," 22 May 2018 Gone is the occasional uncertainty that bubbled up on Coming Apart, replaced with the assurance of two instrumentalists who've spent years on the road together and know exactly how to weave in and out of each other's space. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Kim Gordon & Bill Nace on Body/Head's Second Album and the 'Freedom' of a Niche Audience," 13 July 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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