Definition of kneel in English:

kneel

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Be in or assume a position in which the body is supported by a knee or the knees, as when praying or showing submission.

    ‘they knelt down and prayed’
    • ‘She got up and crept through the dark so she could kneel beside her mom's bed.’
    • ‘She was kneeling over the dead body of the man she loved.’
    • ‘Then he noticed her, she was kneeling with her back to him but her long black curls were unmistakable.’
    • ‘She was kneeling and praying in front of the graves.’
    • ‘He was kneeling on a sofa staring out of the open window.’
    • ‘They tied me up like a beast and then they were kneeling on me, kicking and punching.’
    • ‘He knelt beside the young woman's shivering body and wrapped her in his coat until an ambulance arrived.’
    • ‘However, she did kneel down and help pick up the papers and put them back in his briefcase.’
    • ‘He put a hand over his mouth and slowly knelt down beside his friend's lifeless body.’
    • ‘He was kneeling on the floor, blindfolded and gagged and wearing handcuffs.’
    • ‘He immediately kneeled down in front of the water and splashed his face repeatedly.’
    • ‘Once he reached her, he kneeled down on one knee so that he was looking up at her.’
    • ‘I remember we were always taught to kneel beside our bed and say our prayers before we went to bed.’
    • ‘I was kneeling on the floor beneath his feet and nearly got trampled to death in the scrum.’
    • ‘She looked even more uncertain when we all knelt down around the mattress.’
    • ‘The couple knelt in a crouched position with their hands joined over a bowl of holy water.’
    • ‘The woman follows him down and kneels beside his sprawled body.’
    • ‘Carl wheeled the bike closer to the house and knelt down and began to check it over for signs of obvious damage.’
    • ‘The man hit him again and forced Pierre down on to his knees as if he was kneeling before a king.’
    • ‘My house keys fell out of my purse and I knelt to pick them up.’
    fall to one's knees, get down on one's knees, genuflect, bow, bow down, make obeisance, kowtow, curtsy, show reverence, show deference
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Origin

Old English cnēowlian, from cnēow (see knee).

Pronunciation

kneel

/niːl/