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"bow" in British English

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bowverb [I or T]

uk   /baʊ/  us   /baʊ/
to bend your head or body forward, especially as a way of showing someone respect or expressing thanks to people who have watched you perform: They bowed to the Queen. We bowed our heads in prayer. He bowed down (= very low) before (= in front of) the king and begged for mercy.
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bownoun [C]

uk   /baʊ/  us   /baʊ/
  • bow noun [C] (FRONT PART)

(also bows) the front part of a ship
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bownoun [C]

uk   /bəʊ/  us   /boʊ/
(Definition of bow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bowverb [I/T]

 us   /bɑʊ/
to bend the head or body forward as a way of showing respect, expressing thanks, or greeting someone: [T] We knelt and bowed our heads in prayer.

bownoun [C]

 us   /bɑʊ/
  • bow noun [C] (BEND)

the act of bending the head or body forward: The troupe’s artistic director took a bow with his dancers at the final curtain last night.
  • bow noun [C] (SHIP PART)

the front part of a ship

bownoun [C]

 us   /boʊ/
  • bow noun [C] (KNOT)

a knot with two curved parts and two loose ends, which is used as a decoration or to tie shoes
  • bow noun [C] (WEAPON)

a weapon for shooting arrows, often used for sport, made of a long, narrow piece of wood bent into a curve by a string that is stretched tightly between its two ends
  • bow noun [C] (INSTRUMENT)

a long, thin piece of wood with many hairs stretched between its ends, used to play musical instruments that have strings: a violin bow
(Definition of bow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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