Etymology
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knead (v.)

Old English cnedan "to knead, manipulate by squeezing or pressing," from Proto-Germanic *knedan (source also of Old Saxon knedan, Middle Dutch cneden, Dutch kneden, Old High German knetan, German kneten, Old Norse knoða "to knead"). Originally a strong verb (past tense cnæd, past participle cneden). For pronunciation, see kn-. The evolution of the vowel is unusual. Related: Kneaded; kneading.

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Definitions of knead

knead (v.)
make uniform;
knead dough
Synonyms: work
knead (v.)
manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes;
Synonyms: massage / rub down
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