1 [soh]
verb (used with object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing.
to join or attach by stitches.
to make, repair, etc., (a garment) by such means.
to enclose or secure with stitches: to sew flour in a bag.
to close (a hole, wound, etc.) by means of stitches (usually followed by up ).
verb (used without object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sewing.
to work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.
Verb phrases
sew up,
Informal. to get or have a monopoly of; control exclusively.
Informal. to complete or conclude (arrangements, negotiations, etc.) successfully: They were about to sew up the deal when the argument started.
to gain or be assured of: He tried to sew up as many votes as possible before the convention.

before 900; Middle English sewen, Old English siw(i)an; cognate with Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan, Latin suere (see suture); akin to seam

sewable, adjective, noun Unabridged


2 [soo] Nautical.
verb (used with object), sewed, sewing.
to ground (a vessel) at low tide (sometimes fol by up ).
verb (used without object), sewed, sewing.
(of a vessel) to be grounded at low tide.
the amount of additional water necessary to float a grounded vessel.

1505–15; < Middle French sewer, aphetic variant of essewer < Vulgar Latin *exaquāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aqu(a) water + -āre infinitive suffix Unabridged
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sew (səʊ)
vb , sews, sewing, sewed, sewn, sewed
1.  to join or decorate (pieces of fabric, etc) by means of a thread repeatedly passed through with a needle or similar implement
2.  (tr; often foll by on or up) to attach, fasten, or close by sewing
3.  (tr) to make (a garment, etc) by sewing
[Old English sēowan; related to Old Norse sӯja, Gothic siujan, Old High German siuwen, Latin suere to sew, Sanskrit sīvjati he sews]

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Word Origin & History

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 base *siw-/*sju- "to sew" (cf. Skt. sivyati "sews," sutram "thread, string;" Gk. hymen "thin skin, membrane," hymnos "song;" L. suere "to sew, sew together;" O.C.S.
sijo "to sew," sivu "seam;" Lett. siuviu, siuti "to sew," siuvikis "tailor;" Rus. svec "tailor"). Sewing machine is attested from 1847.
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Example sentences
They might have been used to sew pieces of clothing to keep these ancient
  people warm.
If there is enough healthy large intestine left, your surgeon will sew or
  staple the healthy ends back together.
No sewing necessary, since not all the students knew how to sew.
Sew the flannel pieces and cotton knit pieces together around the perimeter of
  the diaper.
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