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English definition of “sow”

sow

verb uk   /səʊ/ us    /soʊ/ (sowed, sown or sowed)

sow verb (PLANT)

C1 [I or T] to put seeds in or on the ground so that plants will grow: Sow the seeds in pots. We'll sow this field with barley.

sow verb (CAUSE)

[T] to cause a bad emotion or condition to begin somewhere, which will grow or continue: Now that you've sown doubts in my mind, I'll never be sure I can trust him.
(Definition of sow verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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