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verb bow pronunciation in American English /baʊ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebowing
past tensebowed
past participlebowed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to bend your body forward 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?

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

    She kneeled and bowed her head.

    (with) head/shoulders bowed:

    Father was walking along slowly, shoulders bowed.



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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