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



    BrE BrE//wiːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wiːv//
    In sense 4 weaved
    BrE BrE//wiːvd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wiːvd//
    is used for the past tense and past participle.
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they weave
    BrE BrE//wiːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wiːv//
    he / she / it weaves
    BrE BrE//wiːvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wiːvz//
    past simple wove
    BrE BrE//wəʊv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//woʊv//
    past participle woven
    BrE BrE//ˈwəʊvn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwoʊvn//
    -ing form weaving
    BrE BrE//ˈwiːvɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːvɪŋ//
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to make cloth, a carpet, a basket, etc. by crossing threads or strips across, over and under each other by hand or on a machine called a loom weave A from B The baskets are woven from strips of willow. weave B into A The strips of willow are woven into baskets. weave something together threads woven together weave (something) Most spiders weave webs that are almost invisible. She is skilled at spinning and weaving.
  2. 2[transitive] weave A (out of/from B) | weave B (into A) to make something by twisting flowers, pieces of wood, etc. together She deftly wove the flowers into a garland.
  3. 3[transitive] to put facts, events, details, etc. together to make a story or a closely connected whole weave (something into) something to weave a narrative weave something together The biography weaves together the various strands of Einstein's life.
  4. 4(weaved, weaved) [intransitive, transitive] to move along by running and changing direction continuously to avoid things that are in your way + adv./prep. She was weaving in and out of the traffic. He hurried on, weaving through the crowd. The road weaves through a range of hills. weave your way + adv./prep. He had to weave his way through the milling crowds.
  5. Word Originverb senses 1 to 3 Old English wefan, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek huphē ‘web’ and Sanskrit ūrṇavābhi ‘spider’, literally ‘wool-weaver’. The current noun sense dates from the late 19th cent. verb sense 4 late 16th cent.: probably from Old Norse veifa ‘to wave, brandish’.Extra examples Comedy and tragedy are inextricably woven into her fiction. Hall skilfully weaves the historical research into a gripping narrative. The author seamlessly weaves together the stories of three people’s lives. The carpet was specially woven to commemorate the 1 000th anniversary of the cathedral’s foundation. The threads are woven together. The whisky is inextricably woven into Scotland’s history, customs and culture. a basket woven from strips of willow The author weaves the narrative around the detailed eyewitness accounts. The biography weaves together the various strands of Einstein’s life.Idioms
    weave your magic, weave a spell (over somebody)
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    (especially British English) to perform or behave in a way that is attractive or interesting, or that makes somebody behave in a particular way Will Ronaldo be able to weave his magic against Italy on Wednesday?
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