- Go down or rest on one's knees.
- Assume or display a submissive or humble attitude.
Old english cnylan, of germanic origin; related to dutch knielen and german knien.
- She knelt down to tie her shoelaces.
- The knight knelt before the king and swore allegiance.
- He knelt in front of the altar in prayer.
- The players knelt during the national anthem in protest.
- She knelt at his feet, begging for his forgiveness.