Meaning of “knee” in the English Dictionary

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"knee" in British English

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kneenoun [ C ]

uk /niː/ us /niː/

B1 the middle joint of the leg that allows the leg to bend:

The baby was crawling around on its hands and knees.
He got/went down on his knees (= got into a position where his knees were on the ground) in front of the altar.
She took the child and sat it on her knee (= on the part of the leg above the knee when sitting down).

the part of a piece of clothing that covers the knee:

She was wearing an old pair of trousers with rips at the knees.

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kneeverb [ T ]

uk /niː/ us /niː/

(Definition of “knee” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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kneenoun [ C ]

us /ni/

the middle joint of the leg:

I stood in the water up to my knees.
He got down on his hands and knees to look for his contact lens.

(Definition of “knee” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)