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verb bow pronunciation in British English /baʊ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybow
he/she/itbows
present participlebowing
past tensebowed
past participlebowed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to bend your body forwards from the waist, especially to show respect for someone

    Paul rose from his chair, bowed, and left the room.

    bow to:

    Do people still have to bow to the Queen?

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to bend your head forwards so that you are looking down

    She knelt and bowed her head.

    (with) head/shoulders bowed:

    My father was walking along slowly, shoulders bowed.

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