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Definition of knot verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they knot
    he / she / it knots
    past simple knotted
    -ing form knotting
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    tie with knot
  1. 1[transitive] knot something to fasten something with a knot or knots He carefully knotted his tie. She wore a scarf loosely knotted around her neck.
  2. twist
  3. 2[intransitive] to become twisted into a knot synonym tangle
  4. 3[transitive] knot something to twist hair into a particular shape She wore her hair loosely knotted on top of her head.
  5. muscles
  6. 4[intransitive, transitive] knot (something) if muscles, etc. knot or something knots them, they become hard and painful because of fear, excitement, etc. She felt her stomach knot with fear.
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