knelt

[ nelt ]
/ nɛlt /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of kneel.

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  8. knick-knack,
  9. knicker,
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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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for knelt

knelt

/ (nɛlt) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of 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 Formskneeler, noun

Word Origin for kneel

Old English cnēowlian; see knee

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Word Origin and History for knelt

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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