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

     

    hew

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//hjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hew
    BrE BrE//hjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuː//
     
    he / she / it hews
    BrE BrE//hjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuːz//
     
    past simple hewed
    BrE BrE//hjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuːd//
     
    past participle hewed
    BrE BrE//hjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuːd//
     
    past simple hewn
    BrE BrE//hjuːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuːn//
     
    past participle hewn
    BrE BrE//hjuːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuːn//
     
    -ing form hewing
    BrE BrE//ˈhjuːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːɪŋ//
     
    Describing architecture
     
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  1. 1hew something (old-fashioned) to cut something large with a tool to hew wood See related entries: Describing architecture
  2. 2hew something (out of something) (formal) to make or shape something large by cutting roughly hewn timber frames The statues were hewn out of solid rock. They hewed a path through the forest. The cave has been hewn out of the hillside. See related entries: Describing architecture
  3. Word Origin Old English hēawan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch houwen and German hauen.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hew