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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybow to
he/she/itbows to
present participlebowing to
past tensebowed to
past participlebowed to
  1. bow to something/someone to agree to do what someone wants you to do, although you do not want to

    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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