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kneel

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verb (used without object), knelt or kneeled, kneel·ing.
  1. to go down or rest on the knees or a knee.
noun
  1. the action or position of kneeling.

Origin of kneel

before 1000; Middle English knelen, Old English cnēowlian (cognate with Low German knelen, Dutch knielen). See knee, -le
Related formskneel·ing·ly, adverbun·kneel·ing, adjective
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kneel

verb kneels, kneeling, knelt or kneeled
  1. (intr) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one's knees
noun
  1. the act or position of kneeling
Derived Formskneeler, noun

Word Origin

Old English cnēowlian; see knee
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Word Origin and History for 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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