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v. sewed, sewn (sōn) or sewed, sew·ing, sews
1. To make, repair, or fasten by stitching, as with a needle and thread or a sewing machine: sew a dress; sew on a button.
2. To furnish with stitches for the purpose of closing, fastening, or attaching: sew an incision closed.
To work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.
Phrasal Verb:
sew up Informal
1. To complete successfully: Our team has sewn up the championship.
2. To gain complete control of; monopolize.
3. To make sure of: campaign strategists who were trying to sew up the election results.

[Middle English sewen, from Old English seowian; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]

sew′a·ble adj.


(Knitting & Sewing) capable of being fastened or enclosed by stitches
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