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

 

semaphore

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈseməfɔː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseməfɔːr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they semaphore
BrE BrE//ˈseməfɔː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseməfɔːr//
 
he / she / it semaphores
BrE BrE//ˈseməfɔːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseməfɔːrz//
 
past simple semaphored
BrE BrE//ˈseməfɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseməfɔːrd//
 
past participle semaphored
BrE BrE//ˈseməfɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseməfɔːrd//
 
-ing form semaphoring
BrE BrE//ˈseməfɔːrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseməfɔːrɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] semaphore (something) | semaphore that… to send a message to somebody by semaphore or a similar system of signals Word Origin early 19th cent. (denoting a signalling apparatus): from French sémaphore, formed irregularly from Greek sēma ‘sign’ + -phoros.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: semaphore

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