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Answer for the clue "Repair tears", 3 letters:
sew

Alternative clues for the word sew

Embroider

Put in stitches

Do darts

Patch

Finalize, with "up"

Seam

Patch up

Employ a Singer

Conclude, with "up"

Stitch

Wrap (up)

Pull some strings

Attach, as a patch

Do tailoring

Make dresses and things

Make a seam

Emulate Betsy Ross

Finish (up)

Needle

Buttonhole, maybe

Give a darn?

Use a needle

Monopolize, with "up"

Use a Singer

Darn

Make darts, say

Produce duds

Work with a Singer

Hem but not haw

Be in a bee

Stitch up

Tailor-make

Stitch (up)

Tend to hems

Darn, as socks

Clinch, with "up"

Do some surgeon's work

Darn, e.g.

Follow a pattern, in a way

Finish, with "up"

Buttonhole, in a way

Do some quilting

Do zigzags, maybe

Use needle and thread

Leave in stitches?

Singers do it

Use a Singer machine

Make clothes

Follow a pattern, say

Embroider, e.g.

Fashion clothes

Tie up some loose ends?

Secure, with "up"

Do some needlework

Do a darn good job?

Do needlework

Singers do this

Use a Singer, say

Put on a nonpolitical button, say

Darn things

Word definitions for sew in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
verb COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES a sewing machine ▪ Can I borrow your sewing machine to make some curtains? sew on a button ▪ It doesn't take a minute to sew on a button. sewing machine COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS ■ ADVERB back ▪ Amin ordered that the...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sew \Sew\, n.[OE. See Sewer household officer.] Juice; gravy; a seasoned dish; a delicacy. [Obs.] --Gower. I will not tell of their strange sewes. --Chaucer.

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context transitive English) To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through (pieces of fabric) in order to join them together. 2 (context intransitive English) To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through pieces of fabric in order...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English siwian "to stitch, sew, mend, patch, knit together," earlier siowian , from Proto-Germanic *siwjanan (cognates: Old Norse syja , Swedish sy , Danish sye , Old Frisian sia , Old High German siuwan , Gothic siujan "to sew"), from PIE root *syu-...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
v. fasten by sewing; do needlework [syn: run up , sew together , stitch ] create (clothes) with cloth; "Can the seamstress sew me a suit by next week?" [syn: tailor , tailor-make ] [also: sewn ]

Usage examples of sew.

Sew up the fish in a cloth dredged with flour, and boil in salted and acidulated water.

So he went to his place and fell asleep and slept long, while the women went down to acre and meadow, or saw to the baking of bread or the sewing of garments, or went far afield to tend the neat and the sheep.

But if she would like to come here this afternoon with her sewing, the neighbors are coming too, and so is Ali Aga, to amuse us.

That dark, wire-haired woman Kumul had found to measure up Ager and then sew and stitch the blue jerkin and pants was a miracle worker.

Now Henri, in plain white sewn with silver aiglettes, his black hair shining, looking well, touched the Book, kissed the Cross and was taking the oath.

Eight wore the skins typical of the Akka people, furs and hides sewn into clothing.

What a preposterous glut of paper and ink he has amassed, loose leaves and envelopes and journals with spines and notebooks sewn with string, all neatly filled with his blockish, inelegant handwriting, all annotated with symbols in his own private code, signifying such things as further study needed or but is this really true?

She were lying under a down quiltme wedding gift to the bride, Hindoo lady up in Ponda sewed it for mebut just as we came in she shrugged it off, and you could see her bare as a babby to the waist.

His arm already had been swabbed with iodine, sewn up and bandaged and in a sling and he was thanking his luck that his wound was relatively superficial.

And he recognised the beadle, holding under his arms and balancing against his stomach some twenty large sewn volumes.

The three of them would form the Marspan Iowa Consort, to which end Boa had already sewn together a sort of banner of welcome and hung it across the whole width of the music room.

Nyce had ever worn to the Cacodemonic Carnivals on Soma Plume: sixty-one outfits, all set with precious jewels and sewn with Thread of Sirius.

In the bowels of the caravanserai, young ladies who a year before had been hand-weaving cloth for clothing and hand sewing same were using computers to analyze voice intercepts, running satellite communications gear and managing one of the most advanced battlefield networks to be found in the world.

Like the Arab ships of yore, it was sewn togethernot by coir, as in the ancient seagoing vessels, but by thousands upon thousands of miles of rope made from monofilament fiber.

The dressmakers were hard at work, the mother cutting and the daughter sewing, but, as progress could not be too rapid, I told the mother that she would oblige us if she could procure another seamstress who spoke French.