sow1 past tense sowed, past participle sown or sowed
1 [intransitive and transitive]DLGTA
to plant or scatter seeds on a piece of ground:
Sow the seeds in late March.
sow something with something
These fields used to be sown with oats.
to do something that will cause a bad situation in the future:
repressive laws that are sowing the seeds of future conflicts
sow doubt/confusion/dissatisfaction etc
an attempt to sow doubt among the jury members
if a man sows his wild oats, he has sex with many different women, especially when he is young
—sower noun [countable]WORD FOCUS: garden
parts of a garden: lawn, flowerbed, hedge, patio, rockery, pond, greenhouse, compost heap, kitchen garden
things you do in the garden: cut the grass/mow the lawn, weed the flowerbeds, sow seeds, plant flowers/bushes/trees, water the plants, cut back/prune roses and other bushes, trim the hedge
➔ See also garden