verb (used without object), knelt or kneeled, kneeling.
to go down or rest on the knees or a knee.
the action or position of kneeling.

before 1000; Middle English knelen, Old English cnēowlian (cognate with Low German knelen, Dutch knielen). See knee, -le

kneelingly, adverb
unkneeling, adjective Unabridged
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kneel (niːl)
vb , kneels, kneeling, knelt, kneeled
1.  (intr) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one's knees
2.  the act or position of kneeling
[Old English cnēowlian; see knee]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cneowlian, from cneow (see knee); cf. Goth. knussjan, Gk. gnyx "with bent knee." Past tense knelt is a modern formation (19c.) on analogy of feel/felt, etc.
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Example sentences
Offenders would be ordered to kneel and take their beatings.
Each is told to kneel and then endures a mock execution.
They pointed guns at her, ordered her to kneel on the floor and cuffed her
  hands behind her back.
It was customary for visitors to kneel in respect to the great conqueror.
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