\ 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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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 The hotel’s 45 guest rooms nod to the surrounding gardens with floral wallpaper and curtains and have plantation shutters that open to the glorious lake views. John Wogan, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Midwest," 8 July 2020 In the show’s only nod to the nobility of seeing a job through to completion, however, those who are eliminated don’t leave the show. Washington Post, "CBS’s ‘Tough as Nails’ tries to celebrate hard work, but its tough talk smacks of class divide," 7 July 2020 For the Buckeyes, the preseason nod would moderately increase the pressure and slightly increase the target on their backs. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football should welcome the preseason No. 1 status few live up to: Buckeye Take," 24 June 2020 The interior design will nod to a classic diner with chrome accents and banquettes but stay away from gimmicks. Janelle Bitker,, "Fine dining chef to open Daughter’s Diner in Oakland," 23 June 2020 But Coel also uses musical cues and flashbacks to nod to the early 2000s, when raunch culture was defining sexuality for a generation of women who are only now coming to terms with its consequences. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Brilliant Show That Tangles With Sex and Consent," 7 June 2020 McFadden says, nodding to fellow Portland chef Nong Poonsukwattana's signature sauce, which is made with ginger, garlic, and chili, and served at her namesake restaurant Nong's Khao Man Gai. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 of the World’s Best Chefs on Ingredients to Spice Up Your Home Cooking," 7 Apr. 2020 Universal said in a statement, nodding at the series’ international appeal. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Here's Your Comprehensive Guide to All the Events Canceled Because of the Coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 Brown said, nodding to Victory’s strategy of making an acquisition every one to two years. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Victory Capital, following relocation to S.A., reports strong 2019," 13 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Frankly, Ford also deserved an Oscar nod for playing the desperate and determined Kimble in this thriller based on the 1960s television series of the same name. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Harrison Ford turns 78 today; Here are his 10 best movies," 13 July 2020 With New Mexico United last year, the Spainard thrived in the club's inaugural season with 11 goals and six assists in 31 starts, earning him an All-League Second Team nod. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "What you need to know about Phoenix Rising FC's return to action," 12 July 2020 Walker attended the shindig solo, in an accidental nod to social distancing. Jeff Mcdonald,, "For Spurs, time to see if ‘loose poodles’ can hunt playoff bid," 12 July 2020 The woman turned out to be Cohen in drag ⁠— perhaps a nod to the former New York City mayor's drag-queen comedy stints between 1997 and 2000. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Rudy Giuliani called police after Sacha Baron Cohen shows up for prank interview in drag," 9 July 2020 Walton dubbed the ordinance the CAREN Act, which stands for Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, in an apparent nod to the popularized slang name that refers to an entitled white woman often complaining against people of color. Anna Bauman,, "SF supe proposes CAREN Act to prohibit ‘false racially biased emergency reports’," 7 July 2020 And its installation is designed so that visitors can choose to immerse themselves in the work, or simply view it from the street — a nod to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "How a South L.A. gallery is turning Black Lives Matter protest signs into art," 2 July 2020 And on his mirrors is an orange tint, a nod to his days with McLaren – the legendary racing team that, with racing division CEO Zak Brown, helped bring Alonso to the Indy 500 in 2017. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Arrow McLaren SP releases Fernando Alonso's 2020 Indy 500 livery," 1 July 2020 The venue will be called the Climate Pledge Arena, a nod to Amazon’s push to get companies to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. Time, "Amazon Buys Naming Rights for Seattle's 'Climate Pledge Arena,' Vows to Make It World's First Net-Zero Carbon Certified Venue," 25 June 2020

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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 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nod

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: 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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