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bow tie

  ( bow ties    plural  ) , bow-tie   A bow tie is a tie in the form of a bow. Bow ties are worn by men, especially for formal occasions.      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
bow          [1]     ( bows    plural & 3rd person present)   ( bowing    present participle)   ( bowed    past tense & past participle  )   (BENDING OR SUBMITTING)  
1       verb   When you bow   to someone, you briefly bend your body towards them as a formal way of greeting them or showing respect.      
They bowed low to Louis and hastened out of his way...      V to n  
He bowed slightly before taking her bag.      V  
      Bow is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
I gave a theatrical bow and waved.     
2       verb   If you bow    your head, you bend it downwards so that you are looking towards the ground, for example because you want to show respect or because you are thinking deeply about something.       (=lower)  
The Colonel bowed his head and whispered a prayer of thanksgiving...      V n  
She stood still, head bowed, hands clasped in front of her.      V-ed  
3       verb   If you bow to pressure or to someone's wishes, you agree to do what they want you to do.   (=yield)  
Some shops are bowing to consumer pressure and stocking organically grown vegetables...      V to n  
4       v-passive   If you are bowed by something, you are made unhappy and anxious by it, and lose hope.  
...their determination not to be bowed in the face of the allied attacks.      be V-ed  
      To be bowed down means the same as to be bowed., phrasal verb  
I am bowed down by my sins.      be V-ed P   bow down  
1       phrasal verb   If you refuse to bow downto another person, you refuse to show them respect or to behave in a way which you think would make you seem weaker or less important than them.  
oft with brd-neg   (=kow-tow)  
We should not have to bow down to anyone.      V P to n  
    bow 4   bow out      phrasal verb   If you bow out of something, you stop taking part in it.  
(=step down)  

He had bowed out gracefully when his successor had been appointed.      V P, Also V P of n  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    bend, bob, droop, genuflect, incline, make obeisance, nod, stoop  
2    accept, acquiesce, comply, concede, defer, give in, kowtow, relent, submit, succumb, surrender, yield  
3    cast down, conquer, crush, depress, overpower, subdue, subjugate, vanquish, weigh down  
4    bending, bob, genuflexion, inclination, kowtow, nod, obeisance, salaam  

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