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verb [intransitive] British English pronunciation: nose /nəʊz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theynose
he/she/itnoses
present participlenosing
past tensenosed
past participlenosed
  1. 1
    if a vehicle noses forward, it moves forward slowly and carefully

    A huge truck was nosing through the traffic.

    The ambulance nosed its way out of the crowd.

  2. 2
    to move into a position where you are slightly in front of someone
    nose ahead/in front/into the lead:

    By half-time, Wales had nosed ahead, with the score at 16–14.

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