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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 answerYesto a question or to show that you agree, approve, or understand
    I expected an argument, but she merely nodded and went out.
    The manager nodded his understanding.
    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. 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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