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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 kowtow in the sense of this definition

(kowtow 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 kowtow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He is always kowtowing to his boss

Synonyms for kowtow in the sense of this definition

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

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

"This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"

Definition 3: bend the knees and bow in a servile manner - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for kowtow in the sense of this definition

(kowtow is a kind of ...) bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting

"He bowed before the King"

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