kneel [-ed, -ing, -s, knelt] v

OE cnéowlian, see knee, n.

  1. Bow worshipfully; stoop reverently; bend down onto the knees in submission to God.
  2. Show respect; [fig.] seek acceptance; request priority; beg for attention; humble oneself to a lower position.
  3. Fall on one's knees; [fig.] express awe; show reverence for nature.