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

      

    sew

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sew
    BrE BrE//səʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊ//
     
    he / she / it sews
    BrE BrE//səʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊz//
     
    past simple sewed
    BrE BrE//səʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊd//
     
    past participle sewed
    BrE BrE//səʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊd//
     
    past participle sewn
    BrE BrE//səʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊn//
     
    -ing form sewing
    BrE BrE//ˈsəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to use a needle and thread to make stitches in cloth My mother taught me how to sew. to sew by hand/machine sew something to sew a seam
  2. 2  [transitive] to make, repair or attach something using a needle and thread sew something She sews all her own clothes. sew something on Can you sew a button on for me? Surgeons were able to sew the finger back on.
  3. Wordfinderbaste, bind, embroidery, hem, lining, seam, sew, stitch, tack, thread Word Origin Old English siwan, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin suere and Greek suein.Extra examples He sewed the patch onto the back of his jeans. He sewed up the tear with a needle and thread. I sewed on three buttons. The jewel was sewn into the lining of his coat. The squares of fabric were all sewn neatly together. Phrasal Verbssew somethingup
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