- 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 an officer/the flag
- 2[transitive] salute somebody/something (formal) to express respect and admiration for someone or 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.
NAmE//səˈlut//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they salute
he / she / it salutes
past simple saluted
-ing form saluting