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English definition of “bow”

bow

verb [I, T]
 
 
/baʊ/
to bend your head or body forward in order to show respect or to thank an audience: The actors all bowed after the performance. We bowed our heads in prayer.Gestures with the head or shouldersGestures and gesturing in general
(Definition of bow verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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