\ ˈnäd How to pronounce nod (audio) \
nodded; nodding

Definition of nod

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intransitive verb

1 : to make a quick downward motion of the head whether deliberately (as in expressing assent or salutation) or involuntarily (as from drowsiness) She nodded in agreement. The guard nodded to us as we walked in. He sat nodding by the fire.
2 : to incline or sway from the vertical as though ready to fall signposts nodding in the wind
3 : to bend or sway the upper part gently downward or forward : bob gently the plumes that nodded on his helmet nodding flowers on long stems
4 : to make a slip or error in a moment of abstraction … Fuentes nods, and his language then falls into … an overly learned mumbo-jumbo that stops the drama of his action.— Robert Maurer

transitive verb

1 : to incline downward or forward nodded his head in agreement
2 : to bring, invite, or send by a nod nodded us in
3 : to signify by a nod nodded their approval



Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of nodding gave a nod of greeting
2 : an indication especially of approval or recognition

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Other Words from nod


nodder noun

Synonyms for nod

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of nod in a Sentence

Verb She nodded when I asked her if she was ready. I asked her if she could hear me, and she nodded her head. “The bathroom is around the corner,” he said, nodding to the left. She nodded toward the dirty dishes and said she would get to them later.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This summer, opt for an opulent silk or a luxurious velvet one, tied around a top knot, or simply worn on the wrist as the ultimate I-know-trends nod to the outside word. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, 17 May 2021 What everyone’s talking about The Food and Drug Administration gives Pfizer nod to provide COVID vaccine to younger teens. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, 10 May 2021 Bowser’s amendments emphasize the importance of the city’s historic character but nod toward small changes in how preservation is handled during the development process. Washington Post, 2 May 2021 Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson became the first Black women to win in makeup and hairstyling for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, where Chadwick Boseman missed out on a posthumous best actor nod to Anthony Hopkins. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Off a free kick, Meghan Klingenberg floated a curling ball into the box, and Rocky Rodriguez did well to muscle past her defender and nod it inside the near post. oregonlive, 10 Apr. 2021 Blanchard planned to take a break after scoring his first Oscar nod in 2019 for BlacKkKlansman, but longtime collaborator Lee had other plans. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 2 Apr. 2021 Blay tells a story from her own childhood in New Orleans to which quite a few Black people across the African diaspora will nod with nostalgia. Andrea Plaid, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2021 The metaphors and the stories would find a particular resonance in the homes of recruits who were raised by their grandparents, those who could nod knowingly about a college degree — more so than basketball — being a route out of poverty. New York Times, 30 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the brand’s most popular candles, Brunch Vibes Only, is a nod to the group. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2021 Design elements throughout the hotel are a nod to this scrappy industrial past. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 1 June 2021 His comments were a nod to a common understanding of race as a social construct and thus the meaning and the consequences of our individual racial identities are largely determined by the collective. New York Times, 25 May 2021 Aesthetically, everything from her album cover to her Instagram is a nod to her age, a slew of pastel colors and cooler-than-you photo shoots that show off her trendy fashion sense. Raisa Bruner, Time, 24 May 2021 In what appeared to be a nod to ongoing developments with the pandemic, his first campaign video included snapshots of a diverse array of masked individuals engaging in their communities. Alisa Wiersema, ABC News, 22 May 2021 Prada’s Cleo bag, shown here in white, is leading the forefront of this trend, the style being a nod to a similar shape made popular by the brand in the '90s. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, 20 May 2021 The phrase, brandished on the rear-end of Dream’s tights, was a nod to Vince McMahon possibly calling Velveteen dream up to the main roster, though Triple H went full carny in explaining otherwise. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Details both inside and out are a nod to Theodore Roosevelt. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of nod


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nod


Middle English nodden; perhaps akin to Old High German hnotōn to shake

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“Nod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move your head up and down as a way of answering "yes" or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval
: to move your head up and down as a signal to someone or as a way of saying hello or goodbye to someone
: to slightly move your head in a specified direction



English Language Learners Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

: a movement of your head up and down especially as a way of answering "yes" or of showing agreement, understanding, or approval : an act of nodding
somewhat informal : something done to show that someone or something has been chosen, approved, etc.


\ ˈnäd How to pronounce nod (audio) \
nodded; nodding

Kids Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bend the head up and down one or more times He nodded in agreement.
2 : to move up and down She nodded her head. Daisies nodded in the breeze.
3 : to tip the head in a certain direction He nodded toward the door.
nod off
: to fall asleep



Kids Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

: the action of bending the head up and down

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