Sew meaning

Sew is defined as to join or repair with a needle and thread.

An example of sew is to patch up a hole in a pair of jeans.

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To make, repair, or fasten by stitching, as with a needle and thread or a sewing machine.

Sew a dress; sew on a button.

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To furnish with stitches for the purpose of closing, fastening, or attaching.

Sew an incision closed.

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To work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.
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To join or fasten with stitches made with needle and thread.
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To make, mend, enclose, etc. by such means.
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To work with needle and thread or at a sewing machine.
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To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through (pieces of fabric) in order to join them together.

Balls were first made of grass or leaves held together by strings, and later of pieces of animal skin sewn together and stuffed with feathers or hay.

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To enclose by sewing.

To sew money into a bag.

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(obsolete) To drain, as a pond, for taking the fish.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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(intransitive) To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through pieces of fabric in order to join them together.
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  • To close or bring together the edges of with stitches.
  • To enclose in something by sewing.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of sew

  • Middle English sewen from Old English seowian syū- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English sewen, seowen, sowen, from Old English sÄ«wian, sÄ“owian, sÄ“owan (“to sew, mend, patch, knit together, link, unite"), from Proto-Germanic *siwjanÄ… (“to sew"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÄ«w- (“to sew"), *syuh₁-. Cognate with Scots sew (“to sew"), North Frisian saie, sei (“to sew"), Saterland Frisian säie (“to sew"), Danish sy, Polish szyć, Russian шить (Å¡itʹ), Swedish sy, Latin suō. Related to seam.
    From Wiktionary
  • Related to sewer (“a drain").
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