1. a simple past tense and past participle of kneel.

verb (used without object), knelt or kneeled, kneel·ing.

  1. to go down or rest on the knees or a knee.


  1. the action or position of kneeling.


  1. a past tense and past participle of kneel

verb kneels, kneeling, knelt or kneeled

  1. (intr) to rest, fall, or support oneself on one’s knees


  1. the act or position of kneeling

Old English cneowlian, from cneow (see knee (n.)); cf. Middle Low German knelen, Middle Dutch cnielen, Dutch knielen Gothic knussjan. Past tense knelt is a modern formation (19c.) on analogy of feel/felt, etc. Related: Kneeling.

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