- Kneel is defined as to rest on one or both knees.
An example of kneel is how children position themselves in church while receiving their first communion in the Catholic church.
Children kneeling on the beach.
intransitive verbknelt knelt or kneeled, kneel·ing, kneels
Origin of kneelMiddle English knelen, from Old English cnēowlian; see genu-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present kneels, present participle kneeling, simple past and past participle knelt or kneeled)
- kneel down
From Middle English knelen, knewlen, from Old English cnēowlian (“to kneel”), equivalent to knee + -le. Cognate with Dutch knielen (“to kneel”), Low German knelen (“to kneel”), German dialectal knielen, kneulen, knülen (“to kneel”), Danish knæle (“to kneel”).