\ 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



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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kocher was the East Cincinnati Conference player of the year, a first-team Southeast District selection and earned a second-team All-Ohio nod for his junior year performance. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 27 July 2022 Mantiply earned Arizona’s All-Star nod with a 0.34 ERA through 29 appearances, but has now allowed nine runs in his last 11 outings. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 24 July 2022 And then, about a half-hour after the first goal, Germany won a corner, fired it toward the forehead of striker Alexandra Popp and watched her nod it past Paños. New York Times, 12 July 2022 Shelves of old-timey oil cans and sepia-toned photos of drilling machinery nod to the history of oil drilling in Alberta. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Get Different ready to nod along to a book that was preaching to the choir. Pia Silva, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Even the physicality of the actors—who are aging at hyperspeed in front of our eyes in the kids’ cases or shredding themselves for Marvel movies in David Harbour’s—nod persistently to the real world. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 6 July 2022 Daisies nod their heads, beckoning visitors to adore them. Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2022 If not, nod to these architectural elements with furnishings that sport arched shapes or column-like designs. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The last time a Filipino movie got a nod from Hollywood was in 2000. Charisma Madarang, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 That’s a largely symbolic gesture — a nod from Saudi Arabia to President Joe Biden, who’s been pleading with OPEC to pump more oil and help bring down prices. Allison Morrow, CNN, 3 Aug. 2022 As a follow-up to their first wine creation, Save Me San Francisco, the lead singer of Train and acclaimed winemaker, James Foster, are giving a nod to another one of the band's famous songs with a new portfolio of wines titled Drops of Jupiter. People Staff, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 Bally’s, which got the nod from the City Council last month to build the Chicago casino at the Tribune Publishing site in River West, is already something of a long shot to open its temporary facility at Medinah Temple by June 2023. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 24 June 2022 The aesthetic is a nod to the New England waterfront and history from the glacial era, when ice transported massive rocks across land. Shirley Leung,, 14 June 2022 But companies are not waiting for a nod from regulators. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 10 June 2022 All that Moon Knight would have needed in a second post-credits scene was a nod from the Avengers. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 May 2022 Still, a nod from Trump is far from a sure thing for Republican hopefuls. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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