\ 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 Instead, the friends turned to vintage furnishings and rugs, along with other elements that nod to the past, to infuse rooms with an old soul and juxtapose contemporary ingredients in a sophisticated mix. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, "'70s Design Inspires a Home Packed with Geometric Patterns and Vintage Treasures," 7 May 2021 Here are eight events and series that nod to the past, present, and future of the country’s AAPI community., "How to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month," 6 May 2021 There's no doubt that the ‘90s and early 2000s are still going strong in the trend department, but prints that nod at the ’60s and ‘70s are popping in swimwear. Erin Parker, Glamour, "24 Cute Bikinis to Shop for Summer 2021," 3 May 2021 For the most part, it’s inspired by nature and incorporates aesthetic elements that nod to 17th-century Rome. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "When Your Studio Is in a Roman Palazzo, How Could You Not Be Creative?," 27 Apr. 2021 Train your eyes directly into the camera, lean in, tilt your head and nod along. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "How To Have More Natural Conversations On Video Calls: 15 Tips," 6 Apr. 2021 Duffy couldn’t help but internally nod along to the chants of nearly 20,000 fans in the ballpark, embracing the moment and this opportunity with the Chicago Cubs. Meghan Montemurro,, "Matt Duffy is finding success with the Chicago Cubs after injuries bounced him around MLB — and gave him a new perspective on being a big-leaguer.," 30 Apr. 2021 Like the Minneapolis El Travieso, the menu will feature rustic corn tortillas that nod to a technique used in Ruiz's home state of Morelos. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Longtime Twin Cities chef Hector Ruiz is changing his restaurants with the times," 9 Apr. 2021 Turn on the camera, talk, smile, nod or wave to engage in the meeting or event where feasible. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "How To Have More Natural Conversations On Video Calls: 15 Tips," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier, in a nod toward bipartisan unity on the issue, Biden and a group of vaccinated GOP lawmakers peeled off their masks together. Washington Post, "Pelosi keeps mask mandate on House floor despite CDC change, sparking GOP backlash: ‘It’s about control’," 14 May 2021 The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which offers recommendations to governors including Oregon’s, first needs to give the nod. oregonlive, "Oregon expected to start COVID-19 vaccinations of youth age 12 to 15 Thursday: Here’s how to get a shot ASAP," 13 May 2021 In a nod to its former Opry days, Monday nights featured country-music concerts, which still draw a regular crowd. Matthew J. Palm,, "Eustis theater owner prays her family’s dream doesn’t die with her," 13 May 2021 Are people always looking to you to give the final nod? Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, "The Leader’s Edge: 5 Building Blocks For Organizational Success," 28 Apr. 2021 Bus stop sculptures give a nod to Highlandtown’s Latino community and Arts & Entertainment District. Stephanie García,, "Highlandtown welcomed immigrants for 150 years of Baltimore history. Today, it still does.," 20 Mar. 2021 Without having to mention cannabis, the brand was able to give a nod to cannabis culture and generate a little mystery and excitement, pulling people to its Instagram profile and, eventually, its website. Harrison Wise, Rolling Stone, "How to Educate Cannabis Consumers Through Marketing," 10 Mar. 2021 Butrym has become synonymous with her statement-making looks that give a subtle nod to the shapes of the 1980s and the sleek fabrics and colors of the 1990s. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Bieber Unofficially Declares Comfort Quarantine Wear Over," 24 Feb. 2021 Sconces with modern branch details give a nod to the oaks, while the hues and imagery in a painting by north shore artist Bernard Mattox complement it. Sarah Bonnette | Contributing Writer,, "Floor-to-ceiling windows let the Indoors and outdoors merge in a sleek Covington renovation," 30 Dec. 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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15 May 2021

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“Nod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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