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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 Originlate 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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