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1. kowtow

verb. ['ˈkaʊˈtaʊ, ˈkoʊˈtoʊ'] try to gain favor by cringing or flattering.

Synonyms

  • flatter
  • fawn
  • court favour
  • blandish
  • truckle
  • court favor
  • kotow
  • bootlick
  • curry favor
  • curry favour
  • suck up

Antonyms

  • rear
  • straight line
  • tear apart
  • pick apart

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Rhymes with Kowtow

  • ex-voto

How do you pronounce kowtow?

Pronounce kowtow as ˈkoʊˈtoʊ.

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2. kowtow

noun. ['ˈkaʊˈtaʊ, ˈkoʊˈtoʊ'] a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission.

Synonyms

  • kotow
  • bowing
  • bow

Antonyms

  • straighten
  • stand
  • disobedience
  • domineering

3. kowtow

verb. ['ˈkaʊˈtaʊ, ˈkoʊˈtoʊ'] bend the knees and bow in a servile manner.

Synonyms

  • genuflect
  • scrape

Antonyms

  • deprecate
  • belittle
  • derogate

Sentences with kowtow


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
However, to provide any of that to the Chinese public, they kowtow to a communist government known for suppressing free speech — but is that unethical of them?

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