From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbowbow1 /baʊ/ ●●○ verb 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive]BEND to bend the top part of your body forward in order to show respect for someone important, or as a way of thanking an audience 🔊 She bowed and left the stage. 🔊 Corbett entered the room, bowing respectfully. 🔊 The servant bowed low and handed his master the sealed note.bow before/to 🔊 He bowed before the king.2 →bow your head3[intransitive, transitive]BEND to bend your body over something, especially in order to see it more closelybow over 🔊 Teague sat at his desk, bowed over a book.4BEND[intransitive, transitive] to bend, or to make something bend 🔊 The trees bowed in the wind. 🔊 His back was bowed under the weight of the heavy bag.5 →bow and scrape →bow down →bow out →bow to somebody/something→ See Verb table
bowbow2 /baʊ/ ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1BEND[countable] the act of bending the top part of your body forward to show respect for someone when you meet them, or as a way of thanking an audiencetake/give a bow (=bow to the audience at the end of a performance) 🔊 The music ended and the girl took a bow. 🔊 He gave a final bow just as the curtains came down. 🔊 This is done with a formal bow to the king or queen.2 (also bows [plural]) [countable]TTW the front part of a ship → stern, yacht
Examples from the Corpus
bow• She had a redbow in her hair.formal bow• Before entering it, a student must make a formal bow at the doorway as a mark of respect.• This is done with a formal bow.• The students then stoop to sit on their heels and issue another formal bow before standing and beginning the lesson.