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Definition of kowtow verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

kowtow

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈkaʊtaʊ//
 
[intransitive] kowtow (to somebody/something) (informal) (disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kowtow
 
he / she / it kowtows
 
past simple kowtowed
 
-ing form kowtowing
 
 
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to show someone in authority too much respect and be too willing to obey them Her pride wouldn't allow her to kowtow to anyone.
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