1 nod; curtsy or curtsey, salaam, kowtow, genuflection, prostration, obeisance:
We all bowed respectfully before the emperor.
2 defer, yield, submit, give in, bend, bow down, capitulate:
I bow to your greater knowledge of the subject.
3 bend, incline, lower:
The servants bowed their heads when the master entered.
4 weigh down, crush, overload, bend down, burden:
Michael was bowed down by the responsibilities of his new family.
5 nod, curtsy or curtsey, salaam, kowtow, genuflect, prostrate oneself, salaam, make obeisance:
The natives bowed as the king passed by.