Sew describes stitching something together. If you sew up the holes in your socks, you use thread and a needle to close them.

The word sew comes from the Old English word siwian, to stitch. You can sew a patch on a pair of jeans, sew a dress, or sew up a hole in your grandmother's old quilt. A figurative meaning of sew, as in the phrase to sew something up, is to secure something or bring it to a happy conclusion, like sewing up the plot in the last chapter of a book. Don't confuse sew with sow, to plant or set in motion.

Definitions of sew
  1. verb
    create (clothes) with cloth
    “Can the seamstress sew me a suit by next week?”
    synonyms: tailor, tailor-make
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    run up
    make by sewing together quickly
    create by stitching together
    type of:
    fashion, forge
    make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
  2. verb
    fasten by sewing; do needlework
    synonyms: run up, sew together, stitch
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    fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
    sew again
    sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next
    sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
    do backstitches
    gather, pucker, tuck
    draw together into folds or puckers
    sew together very finely
    sew a seam by folding the edges
    baste, tack
    sew together loosely, with large stitches
    sew with hemstitches
    retick, tick
    cast on
    make the first row of stitches when knitting
    cast off
    make the last row of stitches when knitting
    sew (two edges) with close stitches that pass over them both
    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
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