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Definition 1: a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for kotow in the sense of this definition

(kotow is a kind of ...) bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

Definition 2: try to gain favor by cringing or flattering - [verb of communication]

Samples where kotow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He is always kowtowing to his boss

Synonyms for kotow in the sense of this definition

(kotow is a kind of ...) praise somewhat dishonestly

(... is a kind of kotow ) seek favor by fawning or flattery

"This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"

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