verb (1)
\ ˈwēv How to pronounce weave (audio) \
wove\ ˈwōv How to pronounce wove (audio) \ or weaved; woven\ ˈwō-​vən How to pronounce woven (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

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Jude’s mother, Bernadette, an alcoholic ex-hippie, is known to weave in and out of reality, and, with her daughter missing, Virgil starts dropping by to check in on her. Clea Simon, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Marilou Is Everywhere,’ finding yourself means becoming someone else," 1 Aug. 2019 While growth at the main Facebook app has slowed, the company is still adding users quickly on other properties, and has embarked on a project to weave its platforms together, creating an even bigger network. Los Angeles Times, "Facebook tops revenue estimates as FTC opens new antitrust probe," 24 July 2019 Few shows manage to weave together multiple complex strands of compelling drama, juggle numerous captivating character types, and tell a deeply rewarding story quite like Stranger Things did in its early years. Daniel Payne, National Review, "In Its Third Season, Stranger Things Strays from What Made It Great," 20 July 2019 The Franciscans came to Christianize the natives and teach them to weave cloth, raise livestock and grow crops. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Festival of the Bells marks 250th anniversary of California’s oldest mission," 14 July 2019 As a child in Goroka, Jaukae Kamel learned to weave from her mother and grandmother. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Indigenous Female Artists Take Center Stage in Hawaii," 12 July 2019 Beckham took a short pass and weaved his way for about 20 yards on first down. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Browns training camp offensive report: Nick Chubb and the run game get stuffed," 27 July 2019 Bogdanović is a shooter and a forward, but one who weaves around the floor like Kyle Korver or Klay Thompson. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Jazz Don't Need to Be a Superteam," 26 July 2019 Today, people are still covering their hair, not washing their hair enough, braiding too tightly, wearing wigs and hairpieces and weaves too long so the hair is still damaged at the scalp. Essence, "Madam CJ And A’Lelia Walker Way In Harlem Is Finally Official," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The nylon fabric has a dense weave that offered decent rain protection, yet was also rugged and lightweight. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 9 Best Travel Bags You Can Buy Right Now," 12 July 2019 These 100 percent cotton towels have all of these benefits thanks to an extra-large waffle weave with deep honeycomb pockets and wide edges, allowing you to save energy, water, time, and money. Don't worry! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These Smart Towels Are Naturally Antibacterial, so They’ll Never Smell," 8 May 2019 Grammar striding to divine this weave in not quite seeing. Ben Lerner, Harper's magazine, "Resistances," 10 Jan. 2019 The Spartan monochrome basket-weave vinyl interior was replaced with a two-tone interior also from a Microbus — Light Sand and Khaki Brown. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1969 Volkswagen Transporter: Functional pickup truck was built on that same platform as the Beetle," 20 July 2019 Drunken driving, Interstate 71 An officer on patrol at 4:30 a.m. June 22 saw a car weave outside the high-speed lane and almost hit the concrete median. cleveland.com, "Customer says brother en route from Kansas will pay for dinner: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 8 July 2019 The finer the weave and the more intricate the pattern, the higher the price. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 Also softer sheets with a high thread count, such as sateens, which are very light and thin, might not be as durable as sheets in other weaves and thread counts. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Look for open knits, looser weaves, thinner materials and finer yarns. Houston Chronicle, "These looks will let you feel and look cool under the sun," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After all, what words could possibly befit a woman who weaved magic with hers? Regina Robertson, Essence, "Remembering The Magic Of Toni Morrison," 7 Aug. 2019 The wingspan measures 100 light-years across, where gas glows and dark dust weaves through along with the brightness of stars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Telescope captures cosmic Seagull Nebula in flight," 7 Aug. 2019 Bouclé BOUQUE-lay; fabric woven from a looped yarn, resulting in a textured look. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Pronounce Hygge, Etagère, and More Design Words," 22 July 2019 Fragments of her life are woven with the stories of girls resembling her and girls nothing like her, stories held together by longing, betrayal, lies, and disappointment. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 The demonstration began peacefully, with people marching for a few hours shouting slogans and weaving through heavily residential neighborhoods alongside a river. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Photos: Hong Kong police fight protesters in a luxury shopping mall," 14 July 2019 Segal took on this experience in Other People’s Houses, her first novel, an account that is woven with a tough and quiet sympathy. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 The bride wore her hair in a long braid with gold ribbon woven throughout, surrounded by fresh jasmine. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore a Red Lehenga, then a Vivienne Westwood Gown at This Indian-English Wedding," 23 May 2019 Beckham took a short pass and weaved his way for about 20 yards on first down. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Browns training camp offensive report: Nick Chubb and the run game get stuffed," 27 July 2019

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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 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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