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Definition of saw verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    see also seeVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they saw
    he / she / it saws
    past simple sawed
    past participle sawn
    (North American English also) past participle sawed
    -ing form sawing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to use a saw to cut something The workmen sawed and hammered all day. + adv./prep. He accidentally sawed through a cable. saw something (+ adv./prep.) She sawed the plank in half.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] saw (away) (at something) saw something to move something backward and forward on something as if using a saw She sawed away at her violin. He was sawing energetically at a loaf of bread.
  3. Phrasal Verbssaw somethingdownsaw somethingoffsaw somethingup (into something)
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