Genuflect is defined as to bend at the knee, or to touch one knee to the ground, especially in a respectful or religious way.(verb)
An example of genuflect is to kneel before the tabernacle at church.
See genuflect in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ML(Ec) genuflectere < L genu, knee + flectere, to bend: see flex
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intransitive verb gen·u·flect·ed, gen·u·flect·ing, gen·u·flects
Origin: Late Latin genūflectere
Origin: : Latin genū, knee; see genu-1 in Indo-European roots
Origin: + Latin flectere, to bend.
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