bow out

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to bow out: bowed down, come off, in line with, up to par

bow 1

n. Nautical
1. The front section of a ship or boat.
2. Either of the sides of this front section: the starboard bow.
3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.

[Middle English boue, probably of Low German origin; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.]

bow 2

v. bowed, bow·ing, bows
1. To bend or curve downward; stoop.
2. To incline the body or head or bend the knee in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
3. To yield in defeat or out of courtesy; submit. See Synonyms at yield.
1. To bend (the head, knee, or body) to express greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
2. To convey (greeting, for example) by bending the body.
3. To escort deferentially: bowed us into the restaurant.
4. To cause to acquiesce; submit.
5. To overburden: Grief bowed them down.
An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
Phrasal Verb:
bow out
To remove oneself; withdraw.
bow and scrape
To behave obsequiously.

[Middle English bowen, from Old English būgan; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.]

bow 3

1. A bent, curved, or arched object.
2. A weapon consisting of a curved, flexible strip of material, especially wood, strung taut from end to end and used to launch arrows.
a. An archer.
b. Archers considered as a group.
a. Music A rod having horsehair drawn tightly between its two raised ends, used in playing instruments of the violin and viol families.
b. A stroke made by this rod.
5. A knot usually having two loops and two ends; a bowknot.
a. A frame for the lenses of a pair of eyeglasses.
b. The part of such a frame passing over the ear.
7. A rainbow.
8. An oxbow.
v. bowed, bow·ing, bows
1. To bend (something) into the shape of a bow.
2. Music To play (a stringed instrument) with a bow.
1. To bend into a curve or bow.
2. Music To play a stringed instrument with a bow.

[Middle English bowe, from Old English boga; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bow out

(often foll by: of) to retire or withdraw gracefully
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bow out - remove oneself from an obligationbow out - remove oneself from an obligation; "He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved"
retire, withdraw - lose interest; "he retired from life when his wife died"
pull out, get out - move out or away; "The troops pulled out after the cease-fire"
resile - pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.; "The landlord cannot resile from the lease"
2.bow out - retire gracefully; "He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"
retire - go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position; "He retired at age 68"
retire, withdraw - withdraw from active participation; "He retired from chess"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

w>bow out

vi (fig)sich verabschieden; to bow out of somethingsich aus etw zurückziehen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in periodicals archive ?
However, connections feel the time is right for him to bow out after a fantastic UK career which began at Romford in August 2013 with Ernie Gaskin before a spell with Mark Wallis, and has seen him win 36 of his 87 starts, with 18 second places.
Live football BBC3, 8pm TINY Tahiti bow out of the Confederations Cup tonight knowing that whatever the big boys of Spain and Brazil can manage in the rest of the tournament (riots permitting) it is they who will be remembered in the years to come, writes Phil Agius.
As of right now, and barring any last minute bow outs, there will be political races for Board of Selectmen, Parks and Recreation Commission, town collector and Board of Assessors.