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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
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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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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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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