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

     

    sow1

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sow
    BrE BrE//səʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊ//
     
    he / she / it sows
    BrE BrE//səʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊz//
     
    past simple sowed
    BrE BrE//səʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊd//
     
    past participle sown
    BrE BrE//səʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊn//
     
    past participle sowed
    BrE BrE//səʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//soʊd//
     
    -ing form sowing
    BrE BrE//ˈsəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊɪŋ//
     
    Gardening
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to plant or spread seeds in or on the ground sow (something) Sow the seeds in rows. Sow the seeds quite thinly. Water well after sowing. Sow rows of lettuces between other vegetables. sow something with something The fields around had been sown with wheat. We’ve sown that field with wheat. CollocationsFarmingGrowing food and raising animals plant trees/​seeds/​crops/​vines/​barley grow/​produce corn/​wheat/​rice/​fruit plough/(North American English) plow land/​a field sow/​harvest seeds/​crops/​fields spread manure/​fertilizer on something cultivate/​irrigate/​water/​contaminate crops/​plants/​fields/​land damage/​destroy/​lose your crop ripen/​pick fruit/​berries/​grapes press/​dry/​ferment grapes grind/​thresh grain/​corn/​wheat raise/​rear/​keep chickens/​poultry/​cattle/​pigs raise/​breed/​feed/​graze livestock/​cattle/​sheep kill/​slaughter livestock preserve/​smoke/​cure/​salt meatModern farming run a fish farm/​an organic dairy engage in/​be involved in intensive (pig/​fish) farming use/​apply (chemical/​organic) fertilizer/​insecticides/​pesticides begin/​do/​conduct field trials of GM (= genetically modified) crops grow/​develop GM crops/​seeds/​plants/​foods fund/​invest in genetic engineering/​research improve/​increase crop yields face/​suffer from/​alleviate food shortages label food that contains GMOs (= genetically modified organisms) eliminate/​reduce farm subsidies oppose/​be against factory farming/​GM food promote/​encourage/​support organic/​sustainable farming See related entries: Gardening
  2. 2[transitive] sow something (in something) to introduce or spread feelings or ideas, especially ones that cause trouble to sow doubt in somebody’s mind to sow confusion
  3. Word Origin Old English sāwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zaaien and German säen.Idioms
    sow the seeds of something
     
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    to start the process that leads to a particular situation or result In this way he sowed the seeds of his own success.
    (of young men) to go through a period of wild behaviour while young, especially having a lot of romantic or sexual relationships He wants to leave home, sow his wild oats and learn about life. (saying) you have to deal with the bad effects or results of something that you originally started
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