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bowed

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 bending downward or forward
  • the bowed branches of the weeping willow offered some protection from the rain

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2 directed down
  • with bowed heads the mourners recited a prayer for the repose of her soul

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bowed

verb (1)
past tense of bow

Synonyms & Antonyms of bowed (Entry 2 of 3)

1 to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control)
  • finally bowed to the judge's insistence that she change her outfit

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2 to give up and cease resistance (as to a liking, temptation, or habit)
  • bowed to the craving for fresh coffee

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bowed

verb (2)
past tense of bow

Synonyms & Antonyms of bowed (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to turn away from a straight line or course
  • the river bows gently to the north before it reaches the sea

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2 to cause to turn away from a straight line
  • you'll have to gently bow the strip of wood in order to fit it in

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The first known use of bowed was in the 14th century

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“Bowed.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bowed. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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