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genuflect (verb) kneel.
When you bend on one or both your knees while offering worship or prayers, you genuflect. To genuflect is to kneel. Slaves genuflect before their masters to show their obedience.
- Smithson was too old and had a knee problem, so it was impossible for him to genuflect, so even in church, which he went to regularly, he offered prayers standing.
- The despots of the past demanded that their courtiers genuflect whenever they met their ruler in the court.