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Definition of "sew" []

  • To make, repair, or fasten by stitching, as with a needle and thread or a sewing machine: sew a dress; sew on a button. (verb-transitive)
  • To furnish with stitches for the purpose of closing, fastening, or attaching: sew an incision closed. (verb-transitive)
  • To work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine. (verb-intransitive)
  • Sew up Informal To complete successfully: Our team has sewn up the championship. (phrasal-verb)
  • Sew up Informal To gain complete control of; monopolize. (phrasal-verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sew" in a sentence
  • "I think one of the mistakes women make when they want to learn to sew, is to pay for an expensive course that makes it a complicated and unhappy experience."
  • "I have found lots of great tips and tricks with this book and there are quite a few unique skirts that you can learn to sew from the book."
  • "You can find a basic sewing machine pretty inexpensively, especially if you search out ebay and craigslist; learning to sew is just practice, practice, practice."