Kneel meaning

nēl
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.

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To rest on a knee or the knees.
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To go down or rest on one or both knees.
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(intransitive) To stoop down and rest on the knee or knees.
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Origin of kneel

  • Middle English knelen from Old English cnēowlian genu-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary