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 prayedMore 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.
Old English cnēowlian, from cnēow (see knee).