- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to make clothes, etc. from wool or cotton thread using two long thin knitting needles or a machine knit (something) I knitted this cardigan myself. Lucy was sitting on the sofa, knitting. knit somebody something She's knitting the baby a shawl.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] knit (something) to use a basic stitch in knitting Knit one row, purl one row.
- 3[transitive, intransitive] knit (somebody/something) (together) to join people or things closely together or to be joined closely together a closely/tightly knit community (= one in which relationships are very close) Society is knit together by certain commonly held beliefs.
- 4[intransitive, transitive] knit (something) (of broken bones) to grow together again to form one piece; to make broken bones grow together again synonym mend The bone failed to knit correctly. 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. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Origin Old English cnyttan, of West Germanic origin; related to German dialect knütten, also to knot. The original sense was ‘tie in or with a knot’, hence ‘join, unite’ (sense (3)); an obsolete Middle English sense ‘knot string to make a net’ gave rise to sense (1).Idioms to move your eyebrows together, to show that you are thinking hard, feeling angry, etc. synonym frown His brows were knitted in a permanent frown. See related entries: Anger
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BrE BrE//nɪt//; NAmE NAmE//nɪt//In senses 3 and 4 knit is usually used for the past tense and past participle.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they knit
BrE BrE//nɪt//; NAmE NAmE//nɪt//he / she / it knits
BrE BrE//nɪts//; NAmE NAmE//nɪts//past simple knitted
BrE BrE//ˈnɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪtɪd//past participle knitted
BrE BrE//ˈnɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪtɪd//-ing form knitting
BrE BrE//ˈnɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪtɪŋ//