- 1[intransitive, transitive] to touch the side of your head with the fingers of your right hand to show respect, especially in the armed forces The sergeant stood to attention and saluted. salute somebody/something to salute the flag/an officer He saluted Pippa with a graceful bend of his head.
- 2[transitive] salute somebody/something (formal) to express respect and admiration for somebody/something synonym acknowledge The players saluted the fans before leaving the field. The president saluted the courage of those who had fought for their country. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin salutare
BrE BrE//səˈluːt//; NAmE NAmE//səˈluːt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they salute
BrE BrE//səˈluːt//; NAmE NAmE//səˈluːt//he / she / it salutes
BrE BrE//səˈluːts//; NAmE NAmE//səˈluːts//past simple saluted
BrE BrE//səˈluːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səˈluːtɪd//past participle saluted
BrE BrE//səˈluːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səˈluːtɪd//-ing form saluting
BrE BrE//səˈluːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//səˈluːtɪŋ//