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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And subsequent episodes trace Monroe’s high-and-lonesome legacy, weaving in the career threads of Monroe’s fellow bluegrass inventors Lester Flatt and the banjo wunderkind Earl Scruggs. David Cantwell, The New Yorker, "Ken Burns’s Delightful “Country Music” Gets the Big Things Mostly Right," 15 Sep. 2019 Police shared dashcam footage of Gomez, AKA Baby Jesus, doing wheelies and standing on his motorcycle while weaving in and out of traffic on Aug. 10, taunting police who were trying to stop him. Fox News, "Texas man known as 'Baby Jesus' accused of taunting cops with motorcycle stunts arrested," 6 Sep. 2019 The spinning creates weaved strands in the growing organ, adding more strength. Scientific American, "Test Pilot Geese, Planetary Wrecking Balls and Super AI Vision: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 6 Sep. 2019 Monroe, whose stories have been featured at places like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Texas Monthly, also weaves in personal experiences and historical context in order to take a macro-view of the true crime genre. Jonny Auping, Longreads, "‘Victims Become This Object of Fascination… This Silent Symbol.’," 23 Aug. 2019 The suspect got out of the car and was stumbling and weaving in traffic on the off ramp. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Shoplifting suspect caught with suspected crack: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 18 Aug. 2019 The writer, who previously co-authored the Tiny Pretty Things series, distinctly captures a youthful and naive voice with astuteness woven in. Caroline Tew, EW.com, "EW talks YA: One of our favorite teen tales of the year takes July's top spot," 2 Aug. 2019 There’s also a downright trippy sequence that weaves in the original cartoon depictions of Dora and Diego right down to their giant heads. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Dora the Explorer rediscovered in ‘Lost City of Gold’," 31 July 2019 All that builds to a satisfying climax that weaves in several threads among the protagonist and the class. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ has foundation built on characters," 26 July 2019

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The finer thread makes for a doubly dense weave, says Kozibeyokian, with as many as 144 knots per square inch. Glenn Dixon, Smithsonian, "The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug," 6 July 2018 Politics are present but, with a few notable exceptions, murmured, coded, stitched into the weave of fastidiously form-conscious, labor-intensive work. Julianne Mcshane, New York Times, "Labor Day Art Guide: Summer Shows to See Before They Close," 29 Aug. 2019 The outer part of her arm is already covered by a delicate weave of poppy flowers on stems and lush serrated leaves. Trina J. Wood, Washington Post, "Surrender control and hold them close: What my daughter’s addiction taught me about parenting," 3 Aug. 2019 But that gang vocal approach also serves to punch up the synergy of the goosebump-inducing harmonies when the women do break into them, making the Highwomen’s impressive vocal stacking that much more glorious in its weave. Sarah Rodman, EW.com, "From Dolly Parton's blessing to Tonight Show giggles: Get to know the Highwomen," 6 Sep. 2019 After the win, Taylor and Todrick (rocking an incredible pink weave) returned to their seats and vociferous congrats from her Stonewall pal Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Taylor Swift and Todrick Hall Share Adorable Off-Camera Moment at the 2019 MTV VMAs," 26 Aug. 2019 There is the Richards-Wood weave, with the guitarists swapping lead and rhythm roles by simply offering a look. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "With Rolling Stones’ return, Keith Richards looks for peace and quiet — on stage," 29 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the star of the kit was a new field jacket, which was (somewhat confusingly) also called the M-43—a nine-ounce, tightly woven cotton sateen garment, drab olive in color, sporting big pockets on the chest and at the hips. Rachel S. Gross, The Atlantic, "The Military Origins of Layering," 15 Sep. 2019 Part workplace dramedy, part revenge fantasy, the film weaves together a series of satisfying, organic-feeling turns. Beandrea July, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hustlers': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 Represented by the crab, this oceanic crustacean seamlessly weaves between the sea and shore, representing Cancer’s ability to exist in both emotional and material realms. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 31 Aug. 2019 Inspired by the unsolved death of Shirley Parker, a barmaid and secretary whose body was found in Baltimore's Druid Hill Park in June of 1969, Lippman's ambitious novel weaves some 20 points of view into a seamless, vivid whole. Dallas News, "Laura Lippman's new novel is a love letter to Baltimore and its people," 23 July 2019 The records show that the technology already is tightly woven into the fabric of modern law enforcement. Drew Harwell, Twin Cities, "FBI, ICE use driver license photos without owners’ knowledge or consent," 9 July 2019 The records show that the technology already is tightly woven into the fabric of modern law enforcement. al.com, "How the FBI and ICE use driver license photos in investigations without consent," 8 July 2019 The records show that the technology already is tightly woven into the fabric of modern law enforcement. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI and ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches," 8 July 2019 The records show that the technology already is tightly woven into the fabric of modern law enforcement. Drew Harwell, chicagotribune.com, "FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches," 7 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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