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

     

    saw

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sɔː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔː//
     
    see also seeVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they saw
    BrE BrE//sɔː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔː//
     
    he / she / it saws
    BrE BrE//sɔːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːz//
     
    past simple sawed
    BrE BrE//sɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːd//
     
    past participle sawn
    BrE BrE//sɔːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːn//
     
    (North American English also) past participle sawed
    BrE BrE//sɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːd//
     
    -ing form sawing
    BrE BrE//ˈsɔːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɔːɪŋ//
     
     
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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 backwards and forwards on something as if using a saw She sawed away at her violin. He was sawing energetically at a loaf of bread.
  3. Word Originverb Old English saga, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zaag.Extra examples He sawed the piece of wood in half. He took out his pocket knife and sawed at the bolt. He was sawing through the trunk of the tree. She sawed off some of the larger branches. She was still sawing away in the yard. The tree has now been sawn down. Phrasal Verbssaw somethingdownsaw somethingoffsaw somethingup (into something)
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