verb (used with object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sew·ing.
verb (used without object), sewed, sewn or sewed, sew·ing.
- Informal. to get or have a monopoly of; control exclusively.
- Informal. to complete or conclude (arrangements, negotiations, etc.) successfully: They were about to sew up the deal when the argument started.
- to gain or be assured of: He tried to sew up as many votes as possible before the convention.
Origin of sew1
Definition for sew (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), sewed, sew·ing.
verb (used without object), sewed, sew·ing.
Origin of sew2
Examples from the Web for sew
You could sew lead piping into that and it wouldn't show up.
I sew, glue, glitter, cut, and tie numerous things onto my products to make the final creation.
The enemy is also improving its ability to infiltrate and sew dissent among the Afghan security forces' ranks.
It also takes years of training to be able to sew, embroider, bead, and otherwise embellish these clothes.Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris|Robin Givhan|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Except for the thread he used to sew the remnants together, everything was recycled.
Sew one-half inch below this with stab stitch, trim material off close under this stitching.Make Your Own Hats|Gene Allen Martin
In times of peace there are committees who sew for and otherwise look after every kind of human misery.
Provision was also made that the little girls from ten years old should attend and be taught to sew.A Story of the Red Cross|Clara Barton
They sew with the sinews of deer; and much of their needlework is very neat.Travels in North America, From Modern Writers|William Bingley
Sew the skirt to a band, and round the neck and sleeves with a vandyke edging as 2nd receipt.Knitting, Crochet, and Netting, with Twelve Illustrations|lonore Riego de la Branchardire
British Dictionary definitions for sew
verb sews, sewing, sewed, sewn or sewed
Word Origin for sew
Word Origin and History for sew
Old English siwian "to stitch, sew, mend, patch, knit together," earlier siowian, from Proto-Germanic *siwjanan (cf. Old Norse syja, Swedish sy, Danish sye, Old Frisian sia, Old High German siuwan, Gothic siujan "to sew"), from PIE root *syu- "to bind, sew" (cf. Sanskrit sivyati "sews," sutram "thread, string;" Greek hymen "thin skin, membrane," hymnos "song;" Latin suere "to sew, sew together;" Old Church Slavonic šijo "to sew," šivu "seam;" Lettish siuviu, siuti "to sew," siuvikis "tailor;" Russian švec "tailor"). Related: Sewed; sewing. To sew (something) up "bring it to a conclusion" is a figurative use attested by 1904.