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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybow to
he/she/itbows to
present participlebowing to
past tensebowed to
past participlebowed to

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  1. 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:

    They finally bowed to political pressure and signed the agreement.

    bow to the inevitable:

    He finally bowed to the inevitable and resigned.

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