bow1 [ bau ] verb *
1. ) intransitive to bend your body forward from the waist, especially to show respect for someone:
Paul rose from his chair, bowed, and left the room.
bow to: Do people still have to bow to the Queen?
2. ) intransitive or transitive to bend your head forward so that you are looking down:
She kneeled and bowed her head.
(with) head/shoulders bowed: Father was walking along slowly, shoulders bowed.
bow and scrape (to someone)
to show too much respect for someone
,bow `down to phrasal verb transitive
bow down to someone to show respect to someone who is more powerful than you
,bow `out phrasal verb intransitive
to give up a job or position, especially when you have had it for a long time:
bow out of: She has no plans to bow out of politics just yet.
`bow to phrasal verb transitive
bow to something/someone to agree to do what someone wants you to do, although you do not want to:
the government's unwillingness to bow to terrorists
Laura did not usually bow to her husband's wishes.
bow to pressure: Bowing to diplomatic pressure, they have signed the agreement.
bow to the inevitable: He finally bowed to the inevitable and resigned.
bow 2 [ bau ] noun count
1. ) a forward movement of the top part of your body, especially to show respect:
give a bow: He smiled, then gave a bow.
2. ) the front part of a ship
take a bow
1. ) to give a bow at the end of a performance, to thank the audience
2. ) MAINLY JOURNALISM used for saying that someone has achieved something special:
The organizers can take a well-deserved bow.
bow 3 [ bou ] noun count
1. ) a weapon made from a long curved piece of wood, used for shooting ARROWS
2. ) a knot that you tie in something such as a piece of string so that there are two circular parts and two loose ends:
tie something in a bow: She had a yellow ribbon in her hair, tied in a bow.
3. ) a long thin object that you use for playing instruments such as the VIOLIN or CELLO

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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