Definition of bow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bow2

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//boʊ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bow
BrE BrE//bəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//boʊ//
 
he / she / it bows
BrE BrE//bəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//boʊz//
 
past simple bowed
BrE BrE//bəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//boʊd//
 
past participle bowed
BrE BrE//bəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//boʊd//
 
-ing form bowing
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] bow (something) to use a bow2 (3) to play a musical instrument that has strings Word Origin Old English boga ‘bend, bow, arch’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boog and German Bogen, also to bow1.
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