verb (1)
\ ˈwēv How to pronounce weave (audio) \
wove\ ˈwōv How to pronounce weave (audio) \ or weaved; woven\ ˈwō-​vən How to pronounce weave (audio) \ 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 Agility is a competitive sport in which dogs are trained to leap over, crawl through, and weave around obstacles. Outside Online, 5 July 2022 Use fresh cut lavender to weave fragrant wands and explore other uses including decorative, household and culinary applications. oregonlive, 8 July 2022 Taxi drivers who have had to weave through pedestrians and mopeds for years say the e-scooters are a far bigger problem. Barbie Latza Nadeau With Hada Messia, CNN, 19 June 2022 The accordion and violin weave their way through many of the album’s tracks and remind me of Desire. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 June 2022 The spiders weave massive nonstick webs and then wait for bugs to run into them. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 10 Mar. 2022 The specialists re-created the brocade and brocatelle weave structures with a Pointcarre Textile program and dyed the silks at a facility two hours from the factory. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Bradley Bredeweg’s inspired vision to weave Pat and Neil’s powerful anthems and stirring ballads through ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a formidable task. Selome Hailu, Variety, 14 Oct. 2021 Many scenes aren’t just sci-fi but weave in horror tropes, galvanizing the visuals. John Hopewell, Variety, 27 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pair the weave with other natural materials, such as wool, raw wood, and linen, to create a fresh, organic look. Julianne Hilmes Bartlett, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 July 2022 But her shirtwaist of wool-silk weave, mantled in white cotton, is 1870 Shaker. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 May 2022 Tradition met exuberance in bright cashmere sweaters, rich satin ties, suits and shirts with a dash of pink, lime or mustard in the weave. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 24 Mar. 2022 For example, a major action sequence in which Neo stands on the back of Trinity's Ducati as the two weave through the streets of San Francisco, avoiding a horde of pursuing stuntmen. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2021 It’s hearing the two guitars do the weave right in front of me. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 6 Dec. 2021 The covers are 100 percent cotton in a percale weave, which has a crisper, cooler feeling than typical cotton covers. Matt Jancer, Wired, 12 July 2022 The density of the weave factors into thread count, as well. Hannah Jones, Country Living, 28 June 2022 This set from Thread Spread features a 100% extra-long-staple cotton construction with a 1000 thread count and buttery soft sateen weave. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To access the eye-catching new bridge, with its spectacular views of the city and its appealingly safe bike lanes, cyclists must first weave through lanes of traffic with scant signage for bicyclists, let alone dedicated pathways. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, 21 July 2022 Also helping weave the sonic tapestry were Molly Rogers (who has backed Andrea Bocelli) on violin, drummer Satnam Ramgotra (heard on scores for The Lion King and The Dark Knight) and percussionist Holly Madge. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 15 July 2022 Certain bodies, and by extension plastic surgery, will always weave in and out of fashion over time. Beth Ashley, refinery29.com, 8 July 2022 Your content should weave in products but should also address top questions, pain points and trends and respond with actionable advice and constructive takeaways that fit the brand and expertise of the company. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Occasionally, though, a more modern influence will weave its way into the fabric of the show. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 31 May 2022 Start at Three Forks Trailhead in Diamond Fork Canyon, then weave through Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest before reaching the springs. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 31 Jan. 2022 The fugues, meanwhile, weave something more like the wale of a domestic fabric. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 But with beautiful and positively bouncy writing, this book manages to weave together the scientific and societal missteps that got us here; how phallocentric science led to medical fallacies that are still perpetuated. Sarah Mupo, STAT, 8 July 2022 See More

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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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\ ˈwēv How to pronounce weave (audio) \
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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