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

     

    nod

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//nɒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɑːd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nod
    BrE BrE//nɒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɑːd//
     
    he / she / it nods
    BrE BrE//nɒdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɑːdz//
     
    past simple nodded
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːdɪd//
     
    past participle nodded
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːdɪd//
     
    -ing form nodding
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] if you nod, nod your head or your head nods, you move your head up and down to show agreement, understanding, etc. I asked him if he would help me and he nodded. ‘Ready?’ She nodded at me and we set off. Her head nodded in agreement. nod something He nodded his head sympathetically. She nodded approval.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to move your head down and up once to say hello to somebody or to give them a sign to do something nod (to/at somebody) The president nodded to the crowd as he passed in the motorcade. nod to/at somebody to do something She nodded at him to begin speaking nod something (to/at somebody) to nod a greeting
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move your head in the direction of somebody/something to show that you are talking about them/it I asked where Steve was and she nodded in the direction of the kitchen. She nodded towards his suitcase. ‘Going somewhere?’ she asked.
  4. 4[intransitive] to let your head fall forward when you are sleeping in a chair He sat nodding in front of the fire. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps of Low German origin; compare with Middle High German notten ‘move about, shake’. The noun dates from the mid 16th cent.Extra examples ‘Let’s go!’ he said, nodding towards/​toward the door. ‘That’s exactly it,’ she said, nodding vigorously. Ashamed, I could only nod. He nodded absently, his mind obviously on other things. He nodded curtly and walked away. He nodded with satisfaction. She could not speak but just nodded mutely. She nodded gently to herself. She nodded in agreement. She nodded sagely as she listened. She nodded to Duncan as she left. They nodded at us, so we nodded back. ‘Is this the right way?’ she asked. The man nodded. Maria nodded towards the open door. Michael nodded a greeting to the other visitors. She nodded at him to begin speaking. She nodded her approval. The president nodded to the crowd as he passed.Idioms
    have a nodding acquaintance with somebody/something
     
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    to only know somebody/something slightly
    Phrasal Verbsnod off
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