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eshaku suru

えしゃくする

to aknowledge with a slight bow (and smile)

Example

たなかさんと めが あったので、えしゃくしました。

I met Mr./Ms. Tanaka's gaze, and I bowed to him/her.

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acknowledgement with a slight bow (and smile)

In Japan, there is a form of greeting where one makes a slight nodding motion without saying anything. This is called "eshaku".