Definition of sew in English:
verb (past participle sewn /sōn/ or sewed /sōd/)[with object]
1Join, fasten, or repair (something) by making stitches with a needle and thread or a sewing machine: she sewed the seams and hemmed the border [no object]: I don’t even sew very well
More example sentences
- These patchwork blocks are sewn into strips, then joined with plain-fabric strips.
- Fold the remaining two pieces of ribbon in half, and sew the folded ends just inside of where you stitched the strap.
- On the armhole seams, I sewed them as usual, setting in the sleeves to the garment, right sides together.
1.1Attach (something) to something else by sewing: she could sew the veil on properly in the morning
More example sentences
- A Velcro tab is sewn into the inside of the hood to attach a pacifier.
- Finally, the attendant picked up the pacifier, attached it to a ribbon, and sewed it to the child's shirt.
- She had on a white, sheer veil with pearls sewn into the hem.
1.2Make (a garment) by sewing.
- The men teach their sons hunting and fishing skills, as well as how to sew their own simple garments.
- While courting Jeremy's mother in the fifties, he sewed her a dress for every date they had.
- She had never owned a pair of gloves or any dress but those sewn by her or her mother's hands.
sew something up
- informal Bring something to a favorable conclusion: he sank a 3-pointer to sew up a 120–118 victoryMore example sentences
- Two drop goals sewed the game up with five minutes left and a late interception try merely gave the scoreline a flattering look.
- Town spurned a fine chance to sew it up with five minutes remaining when Stephen Cross was put clear by substitute Sean Pooley but shot wide with only the keeper to beat.
- Stand-in captain Kevin Nolan sewed things up in stoppage time with a clinical finish to give Bolton their first league victory in three games.
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