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knelt

[nelt] /nɛlt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of kneel.

kneel

[neel] /nil/
verb (used without object), knelt or kneeled, kneeling.
1.
to go down or rest on the knees or a knee.
noun
2.
the action or position of kneeling.
Origin of kneel
1000
before 1000; Middle English knelen, Old English cnēowlian (cognate with Low German knelen, Dutch knielen). See knee, -le
Related forms
kneelingly, adverb
unkneeling, adjective
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  • I crossed the floor, knelt down by him, and tried to wake him.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Into the little parlor filed the nurses, and knelt, folding their tired hands.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "Let us pray," said Roy, as he closed the Bible, and knelt with them.

  • She then returned to the mouth of the cave, and knelt down at Richard Digby's feet.

    The Man of Adamant Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He saw only Margaret, he knelt by her side and called her name.

    East Angels Constance Fenimore Woolson
British Dictionary definitions for knelt

knelt

/nɛlt/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of kneel

kneel

/niːl/
verb kneels, kneeling, knelt, kneeled
1.
(intransitive) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one's knees
noun
2.
the act or position of kneeling
Derived Forms
kneeler, noun
Word Origin
Old English cnēowlian; see knee
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Word Origin and History for knelt

kneel

v.

Old English cneowlian, from cneow (see knee (n.)); cf. Middle Low German knelen, Middle Dutch cnielen, Dutch knielen Gothic knussjan. Past tense knelt is a modern formation (19c.) on analogy of feel/felt, etc. Related: Kneeling.

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