Definition of kneel in English:

kneel

Syllabification: kneel
Pronunciation: /nēl
 
/

verb (past and past participle knelt /nelt/ also kneeled)

[no object]
Be in or assume a position in which the body is supported by a knee or the knees, as when praying or showing submission: they knelt down and prayed
More example sentences
  • She was kneeling over the dead body of the man she loved.
  • The man hit him again and forced Pierre down on to his knees as if he was kneeling before a king.
  • Then he noticed her, she was kneeling with her back to him but her long black curls were unmistakable.
Synonyms
fall to one's knees, get down on one's knees, genuflect
historical kowtow

Origin

Old English cnēowlian, from cnēow (see knee).

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