Definition of “bow” - English Dictionary

“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/

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/

bow verb [ I/T ] (BEND)

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)