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kow·tow

 (kou-tou′, kou′tou′)
intr.v. kow·towed, kow·tow·ing, kow·tows
1. To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in expression of deep respect, worship, or submission, as formerly done in China.
2. To show servile deference. See Synonyms at fawn1.
n.
1. The act of kneeling and touching the forehead to the ground.
2. An obsequious act.

[From Mandarin kòu tóu, a kowtow, from Middle Chinese khəw` tɦəw : khəw`, to strike, knock + tɦəw, head.]
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kowtow

(ˌkaʊˈtaʊ)
vb (intr)
1. to touch the forehead to the ground as a sign of deference: a former Chinese custom
2. (often foll by to) to be servile or obsequious (towards)
n
the act of kowtowing
[C19: from Chinese k'o t'ou, from k'o to strike, knock + t'ou head]
ˌkowˈtower n
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kow•tow

(ˈkaʊˈtaʊ, -ˌtaʊ, ˈkoʊ-)
v.i.
1. to act in an obsequious manner; show servile deference.
2. to touch the forehead to the ground while kneeling, as an act of worship, respect, etc., esp. in former Chinese custom.
n.
3. the act of kowtowing.
[1795–1805; < Chinese kòutóu literally, knock (one's) head]
kow′tow′er, n.
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kowtow


Past participle: kowtowed
Gerund: kowtowing

Imperative
kowtow
kowtow
Present
I kowtow
you kowtow
he/she/it kowtows
we kowtow
you kowtow
they kowtow
Preterite
I kowtowed
you kowtowed
he/she/it kowtowed
we kowtowed
you kowtowed
they kowtowed
Present Continuous
I am kowtowing
you are kowtowing
he/she/it is kowtowing
we are kowtowing
you are kowtowing
they are kowtowing
Present Perfect
I have kowtowed
you have kowtowed
he/she/it has kowtowed
we have kowtowed
you have kowtowed
they have kowtowed
Past Continuous
I was kowtowing
you were kowtowing
he/she/it was kowtowing
we were kowtowing
you were kowtowing
they were kowtowing
Past Perfect
I had kowtowed
you had kowtowed
he/she/it had kowtowed
we had kowtowed
you had kowtowed
they had kowtowed
Future
I will kowtow
you will kowtow
he/she/it will kowtow
we will kowtow
you will kowtow
they will kowtow
Future Perfect
I will have kowtowed
you will have kowtowed
he/she/it will have kowtowed
we will have kowtowed
you will have kowtowed
they will have kowtowed
Future Continuous
I will be kowtowing
you will be kowtowing
he/she/it will be kowtowing
we will be kowtowing
you will be kowtowing
they will be kowtowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been kowtowing
you have been kowtowing
he/she/it has been kowtowing
we have been kowtowing
you have been kowtowing
they have been kowtowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been kowtowing
you will have been kowtowing
he/she/it will have been kowtowing
we will have been kowtowing
you will have been kowtowing
they will have been kowtowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been kowtowing
you had been kowtowing
he/she/it had been kowtowing
we had been kowtowing
you had been kowtowing
they had been kowtowing
Conditional
I would kowtow
you would kowtow
he/she/it would kowtow
we would kowtow
you would kowtow
they would kowtow
Past Conditional
I would have kowtowed
you would have kowtowed
he/she/it would have kowtowed
we would have kowtowed
you would have kowtowed
they would have kowtowed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kowtow - a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submissionkowtow - a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
bowing, obeisance, bow - bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
Verb1.kowtow - bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
bow - bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
2.kowtow - try to gain favor by cringing or flatteringkowtow - try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
blandish, flatter - praise somewhat dishonestly
court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour - seek favor by fawning or flattery; "This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"
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kowtow

verb grovel, court, flatter, cringe, fawn, pander to, suck up to (slang), toady, kiss someone's ass (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), brown-nose (taboo slang), truckle, lick someone's boots, lick someone's arse (taboo slang) Nor did he kowtow to his editors.
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kowtow

verb
To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior:
Slang: suck up.
Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance, kiss someone's feet, lick someone's boots.
noun
An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, submission, or worship:
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Translations
Kotauzu Kreuze kriechen

kowtow

[ˈkaʊˈtaʊ] VI (= bow) → saludar humildemente; (= be subservient) to kowtow to sbbajar la cabeza or doblegarse ante algn
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kowtow

[ˌkaʊˈtaʊ] vi
to kowtow to sb → s'aplatir devant qn
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kowtow

vieinen Kotau machen, dienern; to kowtow to somebodyvor jdm dienern or katzbuckeln (inf)or einen Kotau machen
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kowtow

[ˌkaʊˈtaʊ] vi (fam) to kowtow to sbprostrarsi davanti a qn (fig)
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She felt that he was praising her, too, and blushed; certainly she had done all she could with his intractable friends, and had made a special point of kowtowing to the men.
Mr Clegg has been accused of kowtowing, I can't help but wonder if there might be something in this accusation.
Clegg is one of two things a patsy once again kowtowing to his stronger and richer master.
Labor groups and a lawmaker on Wednesday lambasted the Duterte administration for 'kowtowing' to China after its ambassador 'bullied' the government into not taking action against Chinese illegally working in the Philippines.
On Monday, in response to rumors that he was pro-Taiwan independence, Wu released a statement describing himself as a baker born in "Taiwan, China," who is "proud of being Chinese,' and that he supports the "1992 Consensus." Many Taiwanese were outraged by his sudden, apparent kowtowing to Beijing's bullying, and in response, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday said, "Taiwanese people can tell that this is political oppression.
US President Donald Trump's handling of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was the most "disgraceful" instance of "kowtowing" to foreign leaders by an American head of state, says former US Secretary of State John Kerry.
THERESA May has been accused of "kowtowing" before Saudi Arabia by "suppressing" a report into the funding of extremist groups in the UK.
Summary: Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi denied Monday recent media reports that accused the judiciary of bowing to public pressure and kowtowing to demands of foreign states.
You have the likes of Carwyn Jones and his load of yes men kowtowing to her.
In the song "Seeing Eye Dog," heavyweight rockers Helmet express a bit of contempt for the pursuit of fame: "Nobody was paying attention/man you had the world on the run/everybody jump/everybody swoon/everyone was whistling your tune/now you're dying/to make it last." Certainly, this is a band more prone to doing its own thing than kowtowing to the limelight - a cantankerous streak that's seen the band rise to fame, then break up, and eventually reunite.
Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation, said he was disappointed to see "kowtowing" to the Gaddafi regime.
Summary: The British Airways chairman has criticised airport checks and said the UK should stop "kowtowing" to US demands for increased security.