Definition of salute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    salute

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin salutare ‘greet, pay one's respects to’, from salus, salut- ‘health, welfare, greeting’; the noun partly from Old French salut.
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