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verb nod pronunciation in British English /nɒd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlenodding
past tensenodded
past participlenodded
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move your head first downwards and then upwards, to answer ‘Yes’ to a question or to show that you agree, approve, or understand

    I expected an argument, but she merely nodded and went out.

    nod in agreement/approval/sympathy:

    Alison smiled and nodded in agreement.

    nod your head:

    Luke was nodding his head thoughtfully.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move your head once in a particular direction, for example to make someone look at something or to give someone a signal to do something
    nod towards/in the direction of:

    ‘They’re having fun’, she said, nodding towards the kids on the beach.

    nod at:

    She nodded at the waiter for him to bring in the cake.

    nod to:

    I nodded to my friend and she rang the bell.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to move your head downwards and upwards as a way of saying hello, goodbye, thank you etc

    Mel nodded her thanks to Adam.

    nod at:

    The man smiled shyly and nodded at her.

  4. 4
    [transitive] if a football player nods the ball in a particular direction, they hit it there with their head

    He nodded the ball over the line.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] literary if a plant or other long object nods, its top part moves slightly forward several times

    The ears of corn nodded gently in the breeze.

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