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verb \ˈnäd\

Definition of nod

nodded

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nodding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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.

  3. 2 :  to incline or sway from the vertical as though ready to fall signposts nodding in the wind

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to incline downward or forward nodded his head in agreement

  8. 2 :  to bring, invite, or send by a nod nodded us in

  9. 3 :  to signify by a nod nodded their approval

nodder

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Examples of nod in a Sentence

  1. She nodded when I asked her if she was ready.

  2. I asked her if she could hear me, and she nodded her head.

  3. The bathroom is around the corner, he said, nodding to the left.

  4. She nodded toward the dirty dishes and said she would get to them later.

Origin and Etymology of nod

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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nod

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Definition of nod

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of nodding gave a nod of greeting

  2. 2 :  an indication especially of approval or recognition

Circa 1541

First Known Use of nod

circa 1541



NOD Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nod for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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Definition of nod for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : something done to show that someone or something has been chosen, approved, etc.


NOD Defined for Kids

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nod

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verb \ˈnäd\

Definition of nod for Students

nodded

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nodding

  1. 1 :  to bend the head up and down one or more times He nodded in agreement.

  2. 2 :  to move up and down She nodded her head. Daisies nodded in the breeze.

  3. 3 :  to tip the head in a certain direction He nodded toward the door.

nod off

  1. :  to fall asleep


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Definition of nod for Students

  1. :  the action of bending the head up and down



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