kneel down before (someone or something)

kneel down before (someone or something)

To show devotion, loyalty, or subservience to someone or something. A reference to the act of physically kneeling in front of someone or something, a sign of such loyalty and subservience. The monarch wants the entire continent to kneel before him. This protest is to show the government that we will never kneel before it. Everyone complains about their loss of privacy while simultaneously kneeling before the altar of technology and social media.
See also: before, down, kneel

kneel down (before someone or something)

to show respect by getting down on one's knees in the presence of someone or something. We were told to kneel down in front of the altar. Kneel down when the queen enters!
See also: down, kneel

kneel down

to get down on one's knees. Please kneel down and fold your hands. You should at least kneel down and be quiet.
See also: down, kneel