nod

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

Definition of nod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

nod

noun

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

Verb

nodder noun

Synonyms for nod

Synonyms: Verb

bob, bobble, jog, jounce, pump, seesaw, wag

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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

With tears in his eyes, Hop nods to Joyce, telling her to destroy the machine and kill him in the process. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Here's Who Definitely Died In The Stranger Things 3 Finale," 5 July 2019 Rebele nodded to her 2-month-old daughter Lennon, who was snuggled tightly against her chest. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Room bursts into applause as Arizona National Guard unit is welcomed home after nearly a year in Afghanistan," 29 June 2019 Taylor also nodded to her relationship with Joe in this shot of Capitol Hill next to Big Ben. 2. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "5 Signs Taylor Swift Is Definitely Engaged To Joe Alwyn," 29 Apr. 2019 Season eight's costumes also nod to the female characters' shared quests for autonomy and power in the series. Glamour, "Why All the Game of Thrones Women Are Dressing Alike in Season 8," 12 Apr. 2019 Instead it's chopped up, cutting to Fosse with a cigar hanging from his mouth, nodding at Verdon. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Fosse/Verdon Faithfully Recreated Cabaret's "Mein Herr," With One Small Twist," 10 Apr. 2019 At the other end of the spectrum, ultra-femme collections nodded at the look, like Simone Rocha's dark wine lipstick and Roksanda's blurred red and apricot adaptations. Vogue, "The Statement Lip Is London’s Street Style Beauty Takeaway," 20 Feb. 2019 But Biden, sitting quietly in the corner, nodded his head. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Sugar companies hit with federal class-action lawsuit over health effects of cane field burns," 4 June 2019 To create the collection, Kelsey drew inspiration from little girls’ dresses — think big, frilly communion frocks — while also nodding to the southern romantic girl. Teen Vogue, "Designer Kelsey Randall Has Launched a Line of Made-to-Order Baby Doll Dresses," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mark Dantonio gave Brian Lewerke the nod again as Michigan State’s No. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football: Mark Dantonio says QB Brian Lewerke 'back and healthy'," 18 July 2019 Next week’s fest lineup includes three feature documentaries, three shorts programs — one showcasing Colorado filmmakers — and a closing night event that gives a vigorous nod to the power of television. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "New-to-Denver film fest highlights filmmakers of color this weekend at Newman Center," 16 July 2019 Next week’s fest lineup includes three feature documentaries, three shorts programs — one showcasing Colorado filmmakers — and a closing night event that gives a vigorous nod to the power of television. The Know, The Denver Post, "New-to-Denver film fest highlights filmmakers of color this weekend at Newman Center," 15 July 2019 However, in the first 19 episodes of the series, only winning fighters have been given the nod. John Morgan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville MMA fighter Lance Lawrence loses in Dana White's Contender Series," 12 July 2019 Annual events such as trail rides, an art show and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo gave a nod to the anniversary with dedications and historical exhibits. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Oscar-winning aviation epic shot in San Antonio had a’ re-premiere’ for Kelly AFB’s 50th anniversary," 29 June 2019 Because of that, Westercamp did not spend a great deal of time Thursday discussing a man who may not be his opposition when the time comes for the Indiana GOP to give someone the nod. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Why John Westercamp thinks he's the right man to be Indiana's next attorney general," 27 June 2019 The latest Curry colorway 6 gives a nod to Oracle Arena, the fans that routinely filled it on game nights for 47 years, the thunderous exhortations that shook dust off the rafters, and the unique vibe that bonded a team and its followers. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "New Stephen Curry shoes can tell you how loud the crowd is," 17 June 2019 However, the Kerala high court left the final decision to the local administrative head, who in turn, gave a conditional nod. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of nod

Verb

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

Noun

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nod

Verb

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

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nod

verb

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

nod

noun

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.

nod

verb
\ 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

nod

noun

Kids Definition of nod (Entry 2 of 2)

: the action of bending the head up and down

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