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

 

cow

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kaʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cow
BrE BrE//kaʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊ//
 
he / she / it cows
BrE BrE//kaʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊz//
 
past simple cowed
BrE BrE//kaʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊd//
 
past participle cowed
BrE BrE//kaʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊd//
 
-ing form cowing
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] cow somebody to frighten somebody in order to make them obey you synonym intimidate She was easily cowed by people in authority. Word Originverb late 16th cent.: probably from Old Norse kúga ‘oppress’.Extra examples He took tough action to cow the people of the breakaway region. He was easily cowed by people in authority. They were wrong if they thought she could be cowed into submission by threats. Two judges have refused to be cowed by pressure from the government.
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