- to join or attach by stitches.
- to make, repair, etc., (a garment) by such means.
- to enclose or secure with stitches: to sew flour in a bag.
- to close (a hole, wound, etc.) by means of stitches (usually followed by up).
- to work with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.
- sew up,
- 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
- to ground (a vessel) at low tide (sometimes fol by up).
- (of a vessel) to be grounded at low tide.
- the amount of additional water necessary to float a grounded vessel.
Origin of sew2
Examples from the Web for sewed
This woman who sewed the costume together, and we shot it on 16mm film.Marc Webb Takes Us Inside ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Discusses His Rise to the A-List
March 15, 2014
The ads negatively defined him just as he had sewed up the Republican nomination.Does America Really Want to Coronate Hillary?
March 14, 2014
Once pinned, Swinton was left alone, and she sewed the front of the dress herself with needle and thread.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’
November 21, 2013
In between, he sewed up some other arrangements that gave shape to the peace effort.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington
J. J. Goldberg
August 20, 2013
"Gangs like Tango Blast and the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas got Houston sewed up for los Zetas," the prisoner says.Mexican Cartels Tap U.S. Prisons to Expand Operations and Draft New Talent
June 9, 2013
You sewed this up'—and he held up his arm showing a healed scar.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Stones are then placed in the wolf's stomach, and it is sewed up.Storyology
She kept me in bed most of the time, while she sewed on buttons and mended.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
I was sewed in so tight that I was stiff like a piece of wood.An Outcast of the Islands
She sewed a great deal, she since has told me, there in the cloistered dimness.
- to join or decorate (pieces of fabric, etc) by means of a thread repeatedly passed through with a needle or similar implement
- (tr; often foll by on or up) to attach, fasten, or close by sewing
- (tr) to make (a garment, etc) by sewing
Word Origin and History for sewed
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.