intr.v. gen·u·flect·ed, gen·u·flect·ing, gen·u·flects
1. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
2. To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.
[Late Latin genūflectere : Latin genū, knee; see genu-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Latin flectere, to bend.]
gen′u·flection (-flĕkshən) n.
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