Definition of “sew” - English Dictionary

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“sew” in British English

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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 grandmother taught me to sew.
I made this skirt just by sewing two pieces of material together.
He sewed the badge neatly onto his uniform.

B1 [ T ] to make a piece of clothing by joining pieces 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 muscle layer needs 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.

More examples

  • You could always sew a frill or two around the bottom of the skirt if you think it's too plain.
  • I learned to sew at my mother's knee.
  • Surgeons have managed to sew a man's ear back on after it was bitten off in a fight.
  • I'll have to sew a patch onto these jeans - they're ripped at the knee.
  • I'll keep the trouser patch in place with pins while I sew it on.

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

“sew” in American English

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sewverb [ I/T ]

us /soʊ/ past tense sewed, past participle sewn /soʊn/ 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.

Phrasal verb(s)

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