Definition of kneel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

kneel

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//niːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//niːl//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kneel
BrE BrE//niːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//niːl//
 
he / she / it kneels
BrE BrE//niːlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//niːlz//
 
past simple knelt
BrE BrE//nelt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nelt//
 
(North American English also) past simple kneeled
BrE BrE//niːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//niːld//
 
(North American English also) past participle kneeled
BrE BrE//niːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//niːld//
 
-ing form kneeling
BrE BrE//ˈniːlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːlɪŋ//
 
 
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to be in or move into a position where your body is supported on your knee or knees a kneeling figure People sometimes kneel to pray. kneel (down) We knelt (down) on the ground to examine the tracks. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Word Origin Old English cnēowlian, from cnēow, of Germanic origin (see knee).Extra examples The people knelt down and prayed. We knelt on the floor. He knelt and prayed for guidance. We knelt down on the ground to examine the tracks.
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