Meaning of WEAVE in English


/ wiːv; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb ( wove / wəʊv; NAmE woʊv/ woven / ˈwəʊvn; NAmE ˈwoʊvn/)

HELP NOTE : In sense 4 weaved is used for the past tense and past participle.


weave A (from B) | weave B (into A) | weave sth (together) to make cloth, a carpet, a basket , etc. by crossing threads or strips across, over and under each other by hand or on a machine called a loom :

[ vn ]

The baskets are woven from strips of willow.

The strips of willow are woven into baskets.

Most spiders weave webs that are almost invisible.

threads woven together

[ v ]

She is skilled at spinning and weaving.


[ vn ] weave A (out of / from B) | weave B (into A) to make sth by twisting flowers, pieces of wood, etc. together :

She deftly wove the flowers into a garland.


[ vn ] weave sth (into sth) | weave sth (together) to put facts, events, details, etc. together to make a story or a closely connected whole :

to weave a narrative

The biography weaves together the various strands of Einstein's life.


( weaved , weaved ) [+ adv. / prep. ] to move along by running and changing direction continuously to avoid things that are in your way :

[ v ]

She was weaving in and out of the traffic.

The road weaves through a range of hills.

[ vn ]

He had to weave his way through the milling crowds.


- weave your magic | weave a spell (over sb)

■ noun

the way in which threads are arranged in a piece of cloth that has been woven ; the pattern that the threads make



verb senses 1 to 3 and noun Old English wefan , of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek huphē web and Sanskrit ūrṇavābhi spider, literally wool-weaver. The current noun sense dates from the late 19th cent.

verb sense 4 late 16th cent.: probably from Old Norse veifa to wave, brandish.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.