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



BrE BrE//nɒd//
; NAmE NAmE//nɑːd//
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  • a small quick movement of the head down and up again to give a nod of approval/agreement/encouragement
  • Word Originlate 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 ‘I couldn’t have done this alone,’ he said with a nod towards/​toward his partner. At a nod from Lawton, he gently turned the handle. He dismissed them with a curt nod. He gave a passing nod to the show that had launched his career. He’s ready to play and just waiting to get the nod from the coach. My teacher gave me a nod of reassurance and I began. She answered with a slight nod of the head. She answered with an almost imperceptible nod of the head. She inspected my work and gave a satisfied nod. The house is white, in a passing nod to Greek tradition. a nod of approval He gave a quick nod of recognition.Idioms (informal) to be chosen for something; to be given permission or approval to do something He got the nod from the team manager (= he was chosen for the team). The proposal should get the nod.
      give somebody/something the nod (informal)
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    1. 1to give permission for something; to agree to something We've been given the nod to expand the business. I hope he'll give the nod to the plan.
    2. 2to choose somebody for something
    a nod and a wink, a nod is as good as a wink
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    used to say that a suggestion or a hint will be understood, without anything more being said Everything could be done by a nod and a wink.
    (British English, informal) if a proposal is accepted on the nod, it is accepted without any discussion
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nod