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kneel Syllabification: kneel

Definition of kneel in English:

verb (past and past participle kneltnelt 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.
fall to one's knees, get down on one's knees, genuflect
historical kowtow


Old English cnēowlian, from cnēow (see knee).

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