Is weaved an acceptable past-tense form of the word weave? Does it have to be wove/woven or are both acceptable like hung/hanged?

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    Side note, "hung" and "hanged" are both correct, but not interchangeable. It depends on the context. If you hang a picture, then you hung a picture on the wall. If you hang a person at the gallows then they were hanged. I don't care how old this question is - I just felt inclined to point that out.
    – user55262
    Oct 30, 2013 at 12:51

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No, weaved is not commonly accepted as a past participle of weave (in the meaning of “forming fabric”).

None of the dictionaries I have access to (NOAD, thefreedictionary.com, wiktionary) all report the past participle of weave as being either wove or woven.

On the other hand, the verb weave in the less common meaning of “twist and turn” is regular. Its past participle is thus weaved.

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    The OED says "The weak inflection [sc. 'weaved'] has been occasionally used in all periods from the 14th cent. onwards, but has never become general."
    – Colin Fine
    Sep 12, 2011 at 11:11
  • Here's a good example sentence for "weaved": "The drunk driver weaved in and out of his lane." Definitely a situation where you would never say "woven."
    – Phoenix
    Sep 12, 2011 at 16:37
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    @Phoenix - but you could say wove Sep 13, 2011 at 9:05
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    Also, hung/hanged are not "both acceptable." They mean completely different things. Hanged is only used for the method of executing a human being. Where as anything else can be hung. I.e., "She hanged the clothes to dry," would not be acceptable in that sentence. Also, "After the accused was found guilty of murder, the townspeople hung him" would not be the correct word.
    – user25541
    Aug 31, 2012 at 8:37
  • @Bob: indeed, and there's even a separate question for that.
    – RegDwigнt
    Aug 31, 2012 at 11:03

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