kneel

[ neel ]
/ nil /

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

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

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM kneel

kneel·ing·ly, adverbun·kneel·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kneel

kneel
/ (niːl) /

verb kneels, kneeling, knelt or kneeled

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

noun

the act or position of kneeling

Derived forms of kneel

kneeler, noun

Word Origin for kneel

Old English cnēowlian; see knee
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