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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.
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  1. the action or position of kneeling.
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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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Related Words for kneel

bow, stoop, genuflect, kowtow, curtsey

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

Word Origin for kneel

Old English cnēowlian; see knee
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Word Origin and History for kneel


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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