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

     

    nose

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//nəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//noʊz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nose
    BrE BrE//nəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//noʊz//
     
    he / she / it noses
    BrE BrE//ˈnəʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnoʊzɪz//
     
    past simple nosed
    BrE BrE//nəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//noʊzd//
     
    past participle nosed
    BrE BrE//nəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//noʊzd//
     
    -ing form nosing
    BrE BrE//ˈnəʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnoʊzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move forward slowly and carefully + adv./prep. The plane nosed down through the thick clouds. He nosed the boat slowly across the water. nose your way + adv./prep. The taxi nosed its way back into the traffic.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of an animal) to search for something or push something with its nose Dogs nosed around in piles of refuse.
  3. Word Origin Old English nosu, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch neus, and more remotely to German Nase, Latin nasus, and Sanskrit nāsā. Phrasal Verbsnose aboutnose somethingout
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