sew


sew
sew [sō]
vt.
sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing [ME sewen < OE siwian, akin to Goth siujan < IE base * siw-, to sew > SEAM, L suere (pp. sutus), to sew, sew together]
1. to join or fasten with stitches made with needle and thread
2. to make, mend, enclose, etc. by such means
vi.
to work with needle and thread or at a sewing machine
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sew up
1. to close or bring together the edges of with stitches
2. to enclose in something by sewing
3. Informal
a) to get or have absolute control of or right to; monopolize
b) to bring to a successful conclusion
c) to make certain of success in [to sew up an election]

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  • sew — [səu US sou] v past tense sewed past participle sewn [səun US soun] or sewed [I and T] [: Old English; Origin: siwian] to use a needle and thread to make or repair clothes or to fasten something such as a button to them ▪ I learned to sew at… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sew — O.E. siwian to stitch, earlier siowian, from P.Gmc. *siwjanan (Cf. O.N. syja, Swed. sy, O.H.G. siuwan, Goth. siujan to sew ), from PIE root *syu to bind, sew (Cf. Skt. sivyati sews, sutram t …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sew — Sew, v. t. [imp. {Sewed}; p. p. {Sewed}, rarely {Sewn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sewing}.] [OE. sewen, sowen, AS. si[ o]wian, s[=i]wian; akin to OHG. siuwan, Icel. s?ja, Sw. sy, Dan. sye, Goth. siujan, Lith. siuti, Russ, shite, L. ssuere, Gr. ????, Skr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sew — [ sou ] (past tense sewed; past participle sewn [ soun ] or sewed) verb intransitive or transitive * 1. ) to make or repair clothes using a needle and THREAD: sew a skirt/hem 2. ) to fasten something using a needle and THREAD: sew something on… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sew|er — sew|er1 «SOO uhr», noun. an underground drain to carry off waste water and refuse. SYNONYM(S): conduit. ╂[< Old French sewiere sluice from a pond, ultimately < Latin ex out + aquāria (water) vessel < aqua water] sew|er2 «SOH uhr», noun.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sew — [səʊ ǁ soʊ] verb sewed PASTTENSE sewn PASTPART [səʊn ǁ soʊn] also sewed sew something → up phrasal verb [transitive] 1 …   Financial and business terms

  • Sew — Sew, n.[OE. See {Sewer} household officer.] Juice; gravy; a seasoned dish; a delicacy. [Obs.] Gower. [1913 Webster] I will not tell of their strange sewes. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. t. [See {Sue} to follow.] To follow; to pursue; to sue. [Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. i. To practice sewing; to work with needle and thread. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sew — Sew, v. t. [[root]151 b. See {Sewer} a drain.] To drain, as a pond, for taking the fish. [Obs.] Tusser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English