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sow 1

 (sō)
v. sowed, sown (sōn) or sowed, sow·ing, sows
v.tr.
1. To scatter (seed) over the ground for growing.
2. To scatter seed over (land, for example).
3. To strew something around or over (an area); distribute something over: "The yard was sown with cement sculpture" (Ashley Warlick).
4. To propagate; disseminate: sow rumors.
v.intr.
To scatter seed for growing.
Idiom:
sow (one's) oats/wild oats
To indulge in sexually promiscuous or dissolute behavior, especially as a young adult.

[Middle English sowen, from Old English sāwan; see sē- in Indo-European roots.]

sow′er n.

sow 2

 (sou)
n.
1.
a. An adult female pig, especially one that has had at least one litter.
b. The adult female of several other animals, such as the bear.
2.
a. A channel that conducts molten iron to the molds in a pig bed.
b. The mass of metal solidified in such a channel or mold.

[Middle English, from Old English sugu and Old English ; see sū- in Indo-European roots.]

sow

(səʊ)
vb, sows, sowing, sowed, sown or sowed
1. (Agriculture) to scatter or place (seed, a crop, etc) in or on (a piece of ground, field, etc) so that it may grow: to sow wheat; to sow a strip of land.
2. (tr) to implant or introduce: to sow a doubt in someone's mind.
[Old English sāwan; related to Old Norse sā, Old High German sāen, Old Slavonic seja, Latin serere to sow]
ˈsowable adj
ˈsower n

sow

(saʊ)
n
1. (Animals) a female adult pig
2. (Animals) the female of certain other animals, such as the mink
3. (Metallurgy) metallurgy
a. the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
b. iron that has solidified in these channels
[Old English sugu; related to Old Norse sӯr, Old High German sū, Latin sūs, Norwegian sugga, Dutch zeug: see swine]

sow1

(soʊ)

v. sowed, sown sowed, sow•ing. v.t.
1. to scatter (seed) over land, earth, etc., for growth; plant.
2. to scatter seed over (land, earth, etc.) for the purpose of growth.
3. to implant, introduce, or promulgate; disseminate: to sow distrust or dissension.
4. to strew or sprinkle with anything.
v.i.
5. to sow seed, as for the production of a crop.
Idioms:
sow one's wild oats, to have a youthful fling at reckless, indiscreet behavior.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English sāwan, c. Old Saxon sāian, Old High German sā(w)en, Old Norse sā, Gothic saian; akin to seed, Latin sēmen seed, serere to sow]
sow′a•ble, adj.
sow′er, n.

sow2

(saʊ)

n.
1. an adult female swine.
2. the adult female of various other animals, as the bear.
3.
a. a large oblong mass of iron that has solidified in the common channel through which the molten metal flows to the smaller channels where the pigs solidify.
b. the common channel itself.
[before 900; Middle English sowe, Old English sugu, c. Old Saxon suga]

sow

sew

The verbs sow and sew are both pronounced (/səʊ/).

1. 'sow'

If you sow seeds, you plant them in the ground. The past tense of sow is sowed. The past participle can be either sown or sowed. Sown is more common.

An enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat.
Spring wheat should be sown as early as you can get the land ready.
2. 'sew'

If you sew, you join pieces of cloth together by passing thread through them with a needle. The past tense of sew is sewed. The past participle can be either sewn or sewed. Sewn is more common.

She sewed all her own dresses.
Before I went to Alice Springs I had never sewn a dress or mended a sock.

sow


Past participle: sowed/sown
Gerund: sowing

Imperative
sow
sow
Present
I sow
you sow
he/she/it sows
we sow
you sow
they sow
Preterite
I sowed
you sowed
he/she/it sowed
we sowed
you sowed
they sowed
Present Continuous
I am sowing
you are sowing
he/she/it is sowing
we are sowing
you are sowing
they are sowing
Present Perfect
I have sowed/sown
you have sowed/sown
he/she/it has sowed/sown
we have sowed/sown
you have sowed/sown
they have sowed/sown
Past Continuous
I was sowing
you were sowing
he/she/it was sowing
we were sowing
you were sowing
they were sowing
Past Perfect
I had sowed/sown
you had sowed/sown
he/she/it had sowed/sown
we had sowed/sown
you had sowed/sown
they had sowed/sown
Future
I will sow
you will sow
he/she/it will sow
we will sow
you will sow
they will sow
Future Perfect
I will have sowed/sown
you will have sowed/sown
he/she/it will have sowed/sown
we will have sowed/sown
you will have sowed/sown
they will have sowed/sown
Future Continuous
I will be sowing
you will be sowing
he/she/it will be sowing
we will be sowing
you will be sowing
they will be sowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sowing
you have been sowing
he/she/it has been sowing
we have been sowing
you have been sowing
they have been sowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sowing
you will have been sowing
he/she/it will have been sowing
we will have been sowing
you will have been sowing
they will have been sowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sowing
you had been sowing
he/she/it had been sowing
we had been sowing
you had been sowing
they had been sowing
Conditional
I would sow
you would sow
he/she/it would sow
we would sow
you would sow
they would sow
Past Conditional
I would have sowed/sown
you would have sowed/sown
he/she/it would have sowed/sown
we would have sowed/sown
you would have sowed/sown
they would have sowed/sown
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sow - an adult female hogsow - an adult female hog      
swine - stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
Verb1.sow - place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds"
farming, husbandry, agriculture - the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
broadcast - sow over a wide area, especially by hand; "broadcast seeds"
inseminate, sow in, sow - place seeds in or on (the ground); "sow the ground with sunflower seeds"
scatter - sow by scattering; "scatter seeds"
2.sow - introduce into an environment; "sow suspicion or beliefs"
disseminate, pass around, circulate, diffuse, broadcast, circularise, circularize, spread, disperse, propagate, distribute - cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
3.sow - place seeds in or on (the ground); "sow the ground with sunflower seeds"
farming, husbandry, agriculture - the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
sow, seed - place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds"

sow

verb
1. scatter, plant, seed, lodge, implant, disseminate, broadcast, inseminate Yesterday the field opposite was sown with maize.
2. produce, cause, create, occasion, generate, provoke, induce, bring about, give rise to, precipitate, incite, engender He sowed doubt into the minds of his rivals.
sow the seeds of something set in motion, trigger, initiate, originate, activate, get going, engender, instigate, kick-start Rich industrialised countries have sowed the seeds of global warming.

sow

verb
To put (seeds) into the ground for growth:
Translations
خنْزيرَهيَبْذُر، يَزْرَعيَغْرُس، يَبْذُر
sítsviněosít
plantesotilplante
emakkoemäsikakylvää
vet
gyltasá, gróîursetja
apsētcūkaiesētsētsivēnmāte
lochamaciora
siaťzasiať
sejati
galtgötsosubba
dişi domuzekmeksaçmaktohum ekmek

sow

1 [səʊ] (sowed (pt) (sown (pp))) VT [+ seed] → sembrar
to sow doubt in sb's mindsembrar dudas en algn
to sow mines in a strait; sow a strait with minessembrar un estrecho de minas, colocar minas en un estrecho

sow

2 [saʊ] N (Zool) → puerca f, marrana f

sow

3 [ˈsəʊ] [sowed] (pt) [sowed, sown] (pp) vt
[+ seed, field] → semer
(= spread) [+ doubts, confusion, dissension] → semer

sow

4 [ˈsaʊ] ntruie f

sow

1 pret <sowed>, ptp <sown or sowed>
vt
corn, plantssäen; seedaussäen; (Mil) minelegen; to sow the garden with grassim Garten Gras (aus)säen; this field has been sown with barleyauf diesem Feld ist Gerste gesät; to sow mines in a straiteine Meerenge verminen
(fig) to sow (the seeds of) hatred/discordHass/Zwietracht säen; to sow (the seeds of) anarchyzur Anarchie anstiften; to sow the wind and reap the whirlwind (prov) → wer Wind sät, wird Sturm ernten (Prov); as you sow so shall you reap (prov) → was der Mensch säet, das wird er ernten (Prov) ? seed

sow

2
n
(= pig)Sau f; (of wild boar)(Wild)sau f; (of badger)Dächsin f
(Tech, = block of iron) → Massel f; (= channel)Masselgraben m

sow

1 [səʊ] (sowed (pt) (sown (pp))) vtseminare
to sow (the seeds of) doubt in sb's mind → far sorgere dei dubbi a qn
to sow (the seeds of) discord → seminare zizzania

sow

2 [saʊ] nscrofa

sow1

(səu) past tense sowed: past participle sown ~sowed verb
1. to scatter over, or put in, the ground. I sowed lettuce in this part of the garden.
2. to plant seed over. This field has been sown with wheat.
to sow (not sew) seed.

sow2

(sau) noun
a female pig.
References in classic literature ?
Others landed the timbers intended for the frame of the coasting vessel, and proceeded to put them together, while others prepared a garden spot, and sowed the seeds of various vegetables.
Mother and son entered on their consultation--and innocently sowed the seeds of a terrible harvest to come.
She had learned to look upon von Horn as a very pleasant companion and a good friend--she was not quite certain that she would care for any change in their relations, but his remark had sowed the seed of a new thought in her mind as he had intended that it should.