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  Dictionary Definition of bow

Bow
noun Clara , 1905--65, US film star of the 1920s; known as the 'It Girl'.
bow [1]
verb (i)
1. to bend or curve downwards; stoop: the pines bowed low.
2. to yield; submit: to bow to the inevitable.
3. to bend the body or head in worship, reverence, respect, or submission.
4. to incline the head or body, or both, in salutation, etc.
-- verb (t)
5. to bend or incline in worship, submission, respect, civility, or agreement: to bow one's head.
6. to cause to submit; subdue; crush.
7. to cause to stoop: age had bowed his head.
8. to express by a bow, or by bowing: to bow one's thanks.
9. to usher ( in, out, etc.) with a bow.
10. to cause to bend; make curved or crooked.
-- noun
11. an inclination of the head or body in salutation, assent, thanks, reverence, respect, or submission.
-- phrase
12. bow and scrape, to be servile: 'if you like to bow and scrape to rich people, well and good,' I said; 'but that's not my way.' -- ROLF BOLDREWOOD, 1889.
13. bow out, to retire; leave the scene.
[ME bowe ( n ), OE bugan, c. G biegen bend]
-- bowed , adjective