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genuflect

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Christianity
genuflectgen‧u‧flect /ˈdʒenjəflekt/ verb [intransitive] formal  1 RRCto bend one or both knees when in church or a holy place as a sign of respect2 to show too much respect towards someone or something – used to show disapproval syn kowtowgenuflect to He was a man of principle, refusing to genuflect to the party leadership.genuflection /ˌdʒenjəˈflekʃən/ noun [countable, uncountable]
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Examples from the Corpus
genuflectIf anything, they are the ones genuflecting.He raised the Host, then genuflected before it.I genuflected before the winking sanctuary lamp and concealed myself in one of the side chapels.Finally, he stood at one end and genuflected, glancing along the line of posts to see that it was straight.But it was more like genuflecting in her presence.He genuflected, slipped into a pew in the middle of the nave and knelt to pray.The second consequence is that ambitious left-of-centre politicians no longer need to genuflect to the far left to advance their career.At the same time, the report may genuflect toward ensuring fairness.
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Verb table
genuflect
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theygenuflect
he, she, itgenuflects
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theygenuflected
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave genuflected
he, she, ithas genuflected
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad genuflected
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill genuflect
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have genuflected
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam genuflecting
he, she, itis genuflecting
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you, we, theyare genuflecting
Past
I, he, she, itwas genuflecting
you, we, theywere genuflecting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been genuflecting
he, she, ithas been genuflecting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been genuflecting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be genuflecting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been genuflecting
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