- 1be flanked by somebody/something to have somebody/something on one or both sides She left the courtroom flanked by armed guards.
- 2flank something to be placed on one or both sides of something They drove through the cotton fields that flanked Highway 17. Word Origin late Old English, from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin.
BrE BrE//flæŋk//; NAmE NAmE//flæŋk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flank
BrE BrE//flæŋk//; NAmE NAmE//flæŋk//he / she / it flanks
BrE BrE//flæŋks//; NAmE NAmE//flæŋks//past simple flanked
BrE BrE//flæŋkt//; NAmE NAmE//flæŋkt//past participle flanked
BrE BrE//flæŋkt//; NAmE NAmE//flæŋkt//-ing form flanking
BrE BrE//ˈflæŋkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈflæŋkɪŋ//