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Meaning of “bow” in the English Dictionary

"bow" in British English

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bowverb [I or T]

uk   us   /baʊ/
to ​bendyourhead or ​bodyforward, ​especially as a way of ​showing someone ​respect or ​expressingthanks 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   us   /baʊ/
  • bow noun [C] (BEND)

the ​movement of ​bendingyourhead or ​bodyforward, ​especially as a way of ​showing someone ​respect or ​expressingthanks to ​people who have ​watched you ​perform: The ​audienceapplaudedenthusiastically, and she came back on ​stage to take another bow.
  • bow noun [C] (FRONT PART)

(also bows) the ​frontpart 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)

"bow" in American English

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bowverb [I/T]

 us   /bɑʊ/
to ​bend the ​head or ​bodyforward as a way of ​showingrespect, ​expressingthanks, or ​greeting someone: [T] We ​knelt and bowed ​ourheads in ​prayer.

bownoun [C]

 us   /bɑʊ/
  • bow noun [C] (BEND)

the ​act of bending the ​head or ​bodyforward: The troupe’s ​artisticdirector took a bow with his ​dancers at the ​finalcurtain last ​night.
  • bow noun [C] (SHIP PART)

the ​frontpart of a ​ship

bownoun [C]

 us   /boʊ/
  • bow noun [C] (KNOT)

a ​knot with two ​curvedparts and two ​looseends, which is used as a ​decoration or to ​tieshoes
  • bow noun [C] (WEAPON)

a ​weapon for ​shootingarrows, often used for ​sport, made of a ​long, ​narrowpiece of ​woodbent into a ​curve by a ​string that is ​stretchedtightly between ​its two ​ends
  • bow noun [C] (INSTRUMENT)

a ​long, ​thinpiece of ​wood with many ​hairsstretched between ​itsends, used to ​playmusicalinstruments that have ​strings: a ​violin bow
(Definition of bow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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