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sewverb

uk   /səʊ/  us   /soʊ/ (sewed, sewn or sewed)
B1 [I or T] to ​join two ​pieces of ​cloth together by putting ​thread through them with a ​needle: My ​grandmothertaught me to sew. I made this ​skirt just by sewing two ​pieces of ​material together. He sewed the ​badgeneatly onto his ​uniform.
B1 [T] to make a ​piece of ​clothing by ​joiningpieces of ​cloth together by putting ​thread through them with a ​needle: She sews all her children's ​clothes.
[I or T] to use a ​needle and ​thread to ​join up the ​edges of a ​cut in the ​skin or other ​part of the ​body: The ​musclelayerneeds to be sewn first. His ​finger was ​cut off when he ​caught it in a ​machine, but the ​surgeon was ​able to sew it back on.

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

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sewverb [I/T]

 us   /soʊ/ (past tense sewed, past participle sewn  /soʊn/ or sewed)
to ​join together ​pieces of ​cloth by putting ​thread through it with a ​needle: [I] Do you like to sew? [T] She sewed her ​outfit by ​hand. [M] Would you sew on these ​buttons? [M] I had to sew up (= ​repair) a ​hole in my ​jeans.
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(Definition of sew from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sew”
in Korean 바느질 하다…
in Arabic يَخيط…
in Malaysian jahit…
in French coudre…
in Russian шить…
in Chinese (Traditional) 縫, 做針線活, 縫製(衣服)…
in Italian cucire…
in Turkish dikmek…
in Polish szyć…
in Spanish coser…
in Vietnamese may, khâu…
in Portuguese costurar, coser…
in Thai เย็บโดยใช้เข็ม…
in German nähen…
in Catalan cosir…
in Japanese ~を縫う, 縫い付ける…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缝, 做针线活儿, 缝制(衣服)…
in Indonesian menjahit…
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