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flag

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noun \ˈflag also ˈflāg\

Definition of flag

  1. :  any of various monocotyledonous plants with long ensiform leaves: as a :  iris; especially :  a wild iris b :  sweet flag



Origin and Etymology of flag

Middle English flagge reed, rush


First Known Use: 14th century


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flag

noun, often attributive

Definition of flag

  1. 1 :  a usually rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive design that is used as a symbol (as of a nation), as a signaling device, or as a decoration

  2. 2 a :  the tail of some dogs (as a setter or hound); also :  the long hair fringing a dog's tail b :  the tail of a deer

  3. 3 a :  something used like a flag to signal or attract attention b :  one of the cross strokes of a musical note less than a quarter note in value

  4. 4 :  something represented by a flag: as a :  flagship b :  an admiral functioning in his office of command c :  nationality; especially :  the nationality of registration of a ship or aircraft



Origin and Etymology of flag

probably akin to fag end of cloth — more at fag end


First Known Use: 1530


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flag

verb

Definition of flag

flagged

flagging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to signal with or as if with a flag; especially :  to signal to stop <flagged the train> —often used with down

  3. 2 :  to mark or identify with or as if with a flag <flagged potential problems in the proposal>

  4. 3 :  to call a penalty on :  penalize <a lineman flagged for being offside>



1856

First Known Use of flag

1856


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flag

verb

Definition of flag

flagged

flagging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hang loose without stiffness

  3. 2 a :  to become unsteady, feeble, or spiritless b :  to decline in interest, attraction, or value <flagging stock prices>



Origin and Etymology of flag

probably from 2flag


First Known Use: 1545


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flag

noun

Definition of flag

  1. :  a hard evenly stratified stone that splits into flat pieces suitable for paving; also :  a piece of such stone



Origin and Etymology of flag

Middle English flagge turf, perhaps from Old Norse flaga slab; akin to Old English flōh chip


First Known Use: 1604


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flag

verb

Definition of flag

flagged

flagging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lay (as a pavement) with flags



1615

First Known Use of flag

1615

Rhymes with flag



FLAG Defined for Kids

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flag

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noun \ˈflag\

Definition of flag for Students

  1. :  a piece of cloth with a special design or color that is used as a symbol (as of a nation) or as a signal




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flag

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verb

Definition of flag for Students

flagged

flagging

  1. :  to signal to stop <flag a taxi>




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verb

Definition of flag for Students

flagged

flagging

  1. :  to become weak <He tried to use the flagging power of his memory … — Lois Lowry, The Giver>





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