[ neel ]
/ nil /

verb (used without object), knelt or kneeled, kneel·ing.

to go down or rest on the knees or a knee.


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 forms

kneel·ing·ly, adverbun·kneel·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kneel


/ (niːl) /

verb kneels, kneeling, knelt or kneeled

(intr) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one's knees


the act or position of kneeling

Derived Forms

kneeler, noun

Word Origin for kneel

Old English cnēowlian; see knee
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