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

     

    genuflect

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒenjuflekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenjuflekt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they genuflect
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒenjuflekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenjuflekt//
     
    he / she / it genuflects
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒenjuflekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenjuflekts//
     
    past simple genuflected
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒenjuflektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenjuflektɪd//
     
    past participle genuflected
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒenjuflektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenjuflektɪd//
     
    -ing form genuflecting
    BrE BrE//ˈdʒenjuflektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenjuflektɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to move your body into a lower position by bending one or both knees, as a sign of respect during worship in a church
  2. 2[intransitive] genuflect (to somebody/something) (disapproving) to show too much respect to somebody/something
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘bend (the knee)’): from ecclesiastical Latin genuflectere, from Latin genu ‘knee’ + flectere ‘to bend’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: genuflect