bow

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noun
1 act of bowing
ADJECTIVE
deep, low
little, slight, small
formal, stiff
VERB + BOW
give, make

He gave a formal bow and left the room.

take (= used about a performer)

The song ended and Albert took a bow.

The boss takes his final bow (= is retiring) today. (figurative)

PREPOSITION
bow to

He made a deep bow to the king.

2 front part of a ship
ADJECTIVE
port, starboard

There's a small boat on the port bow.

VERB + BOW
cross

A whale crossed our bows. (BrE)

A whale crossed our bow. (AmE)

PREPOSITION
across the, our, etc. bow (AmE), across the, our, etc. bows (BrE)

They fired a shot across our bow/bows.

in the bow (esp. AmE), in the bows (BrE)

We left two men in the bow to receive the cargo.

off the, our, etc. bow

100 yards off our bow

on the, our, etc. bow

The ship's name was printed on her bow.

over the, our, etc. bow, over the, our, etc. bows (both BrE)

There were huge waves breaking over the bows.

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noun
1 knot with two loops
ADJECTIVE
neat
double
VERB + BOW
tie (sth into)

Can you tie a bow?

She tied the ribbon into a neat bow.

2 weapon for shooting arrows
VERB + BOW
be armed with, carry, have, hold
aim, draw, raise

She drew and aimed her bow.

shoot
lower
PHRASES
a bow and arrow
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verb
Bow is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑servant
Bow is used with these nouns as the object: ↑head
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verb
ADVERB
deeply, low

He swept off his hat and bowed deeply.

slightly
quickly
politely, respectfully
gracefully
down
PREPOSITION
before

The Emperor's subjects bowed down before him.

to

The pianist stood up and bowed to the audience.


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