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, blanket, etc.) 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.
Example sentences
  • 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
3 [with object] Tighten (one’s eyebrows) in a frown of concentration, disapproval, or anxiety: Marcus knitted his brows
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  • Janice frowned and knitted her eyebrows together.
  • She frowned and knitted her eyebrows in frustration.
  • Joel's brown eyebrows were knitted in a small frown.
furrow, tighten, contract, gather, draw in, wrinkle, pucker, knot, screw up, crease, scrunch up


Knitted garments.
Example sentences
  • 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



Pronunciation: /ˈnɪtə/
Example sentences
  • 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.

  • knot from Old English:

    The words knot and knit, both Old English, are closely related. Something travelling fast might be described as going at a rate of knots. A knot here is a measure of speed, equivalent to one nautical mile an hour. In the days of sailing ships a line with knots tied at fixed intervals and a float at the end was run out into the sea over a certain time to gauge the ship's speed. If the line unwound very rapidly, with each knot appearing in quick succession, then the ship was going ‘at a rate of knots’. See also natty

Words that rhyme with knit

acquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, Britt, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, intermit, it, kit, legit, lickety-split, lit, manumit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, Pitt, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, submit, transmit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit

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