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Sew is sometimes a misspelling of saw or sow.

The word sew is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb sew

What does sew mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
 sewedsewnsewingsews
 sewedsewedsewingsews

  1. fasten by sewing; do needlework
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherHerman connected the computers together | Herman gathered the students togetherVerbs of Combining and Attaching: band, baste, cluster, collate, collect, gather, group, herd, jumble, pair, roll, shake, shuffle, stick
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] with / into / to [Patient 2]Herman gathered students into group2
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs whisk easily | Most labels tape easily
      [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherSugar and cream whip together easily
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with / into / to [Patient 2]Sugar whips into cream easily
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the storeVerbs of Putting: brush, drizzle, hang, plaster, pump, rub, scatter, seed, shower, smear, smudge, sow, spatter, splash, splatter, spray, spread, sprinkle, spritz, spurt, squirt, stick, strew, string, swab, wash, wrap
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] at [Destination]Jessica squirted water at me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon
      [Theme - substance or concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Locative or Directional Preposition] [Destination]Paint sprayed onto the wall
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of sew: run up / sew together / stitch
    • more generic words: fasten / fix / secure = cause to be firmly attached
    • more specific terms:
      • hem = fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
      • resew = sew again
      • overcast = sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next
      • overcast = sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
      • backstitch = do backstitches
      • gather / pucker / tuck = draw together into folds or puckers
      • finedraw = sew together very finely
      • fell = sew a seam by folding the edges
      • baste / tack = sew together loosely, with large stitches
      • hemstitch = sew with hemstitches
      • retick / tick = sew
      • cast on = make the first row of stitches when knitting
      • cast off = make the last row of stitches when knitting
    • entailment: conjoin / join = make contact or come together
  2. create (clothes) with cloth
    • examples: Can the seamstress sew me a suit by next week? | They sew the cape
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Martha carves
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] for [Asset]The contractor will build you a house for $100,000
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved the baby a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]Martha carved the piece of wood into a toy
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood into a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]Martha carves toys
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Asset]Martha will carve a toy out of a piece of wood for $50
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood for the baby
      [Material - concrete object] [Verb] [Product]This wood carved beautiful toys

      Verbs of Creation (with the same syntax): arrange, assemble, bake, blow, cast, chisel, churn, compile, cook, crochet, develop, embroider, erect, fashion, fold, forge, formulate, grind, grow, hack, hammer, knit, mold, pound, roll, sculpture, spin, stitch, weave, whittle.

    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of sew: tailor / tailor-make
    • more generic words: fashion / forge = make out of components
    • more specific terms:
      • run up = make by sewing together quickly
      • quilt = create by stitching together

Alternative definition of the verb sew

verb

  1. [transitive] To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through (pieces of fabric) in order to join them together.
  2. [intransitive] To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through pieces of fabric in order to join them together.

Explanation

Sew a.k.a. Sewa Bay Language: Sewa Bay, or Duau Pwata, is a dialectically diverse Austronesian language spoken in the D'Entrecasteaux Islands of Papua New Guinea.

  • also known as Duau Pwata

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for sew

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Google previewSelenium (2007)

Its Molecular Biology and Role in Human Health by Dolph L. Hatfield, Marla J. Berry, Vadim N. Gladyshev

SeW levels are upregulated under oxidative stress in myoblasts. We suggest that SeW is a scavenger for reactive oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide during ...

Google previewSew Easy for Kids (2012)

3 simple projects for kids to sew by Alice Butcher, Ginny Farquhar

Learning to sew is an enjoyable adventure and collecting materials to use is an exciting part of it. Start a fabric scrap box by ...

Google previewThe Routledge Companion to Family Business (2016)

by Franz W. Kellermanns, Frank Hoy

SEW is an umbrella term coined by GómezMejía and colleagues (2007) to capture the whole set of nonpecuniary endowments that the family has embedded in the firm.This would include, for instance, enjoyment of family control over the ...

Google previewComparative Case Studies on Entrepreneurship in Developed and Developing Countries (2015)

by Ofori-Dankwa, Joseph

SEW is an umbrella concept that summarises a family's affective value gained from a firm (Berrone et al., 2010; Gomez-Mijia et al., 2010). SEW includes common family goals such as the intention to pass on the firm to the next generation ...

Google previewKoasati Dictionary (1994)

by Geoffrey D. Kimball

sew mended by sewing adj onaco:ka.

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Usage statistics about sew

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sew:

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Quotes about sew

I've never been resigned to ready-made ideas as I was to ready-made clothes, perhaps because although I couldn't sew, I could think. (Jane Rule)
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Scrabble value of S1E1W4

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of SEW

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