Definition of knit in English:


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Pronunciation: /nɪt

verb (knits, knitting; past and past participle knitted or (especially in sense 2) knit)

  • 1 [with object] Make (a garment or other item) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine: she was knitting a sweater
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    • Members of the cooperative spin and dye wool, knit sweaters, and also make ceramic crafts.
    • In the evenings, my mother read to us, and we knitted socks and sweaters for my dad in the army, and listened to the radio.
    • In her spare time, she knitted socks and jumpers.
  • 1.1Make (a stitch or row of stitches) by interlocking loops of wool: cast on and knit a few rows
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    • At last I could knit a few rows, enjoy the process and then set down the needles.
    • The first thing we knitted was a kettle holder by casting on 20 stitches and knitting each row plain until it became a square.
    • After I knit about five rows, I saw my stitches were off and the pattern didn't look right.
  • 1.2Make (a plain stitch) in knitting: knit one, purl one
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    • Frowning in irritation, she picked up the lost stitch and started over, muttering darkly under her breath as she did so. ‘Purl one, knit one, purl one.’
  • 2Unite or cause to unite: [no object]: disparate regions had begun to knit together under the king [with object]: the experience knitted the men together (as adjective, with submodifier knit) a closely knit family
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    • We are very fortunate to have a group of staff who knit together as a team and excel in what they do.
    • Europe, viciously divided against itself for centuries, has knit together into a democratic and civil society.
    • Small-leaved plants that tolerate close clipping will quickly knit together to form a seamless hedge.
    unite, become united, unify, become unified, become one, come together, become closer, band together, bond, combine, coalesce, merge, meld, blend, amalgamate, league; bind, weld together, bring together, draw together, ally, link, join, fuse, connect, consolidate
  • 2.1 [with object] (Of parts of a broken bone) become joined.
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    • He was taken to York District Hospital, where surgeons operated the next day, inserting a pin in the tibia to help knit the bones together.
    • He went for a final scan and it was all clear and the bone has knitted perfectly.
    • For the first 12 weeks I lay in bed at home in a morphine-induced haze as my bones slowly knitted.
    heal, mend, join, fuse, draw together, unite, become whole


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  • Knitted garments.
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    • The collection is laid back and includes well worn jeans with oversized white shirts and thick knits, masculine suits and lots of simple cotton and jersey dresses.
    • The femme fatale showed off her curves in corseted cocktail frocks, clingy knits and tailored skirts.
    • High street shops are crammed full of camel-coloured knits, trousers, coats and jackets.
    knitted garment, woollen
    informal woolly



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  • Along with 2,500 knitters across the UK, she would produce garments for Inverallan Knitwear in Clackmannanshire, a family firm which then exported the jumpers around the world.
  • She began her marathon knitting effort in Cambridge, along with six fellow knitters, and continued with the project when she moved to Chippenham just over a year ago.
  • Before our next campaign we need knitters to produce hats, scarves and gloves for children in the coldest regions of Europe.


Old English cnyttan, of West Germanic origin; related to German dialect knütten, also to knot1. The original sense was 'tie in or with a knot', hence 'join, unite' (sense 2 of the verb); an obsolete Middle English sense 'knot string to make a net' gave rise to sense 1 of the verb.

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