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segue

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verb imperative se·gue \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\

Definition of segue

  1. 1 :  proceed to what follows without pause —used as a direction in music

  2. 2 :  perform the music that follows like that which has preceded —used as a direction in music



Origin and Etymology of segue

Italian, there follows, from seguire to follow, from Latin sequi — more at sue


First Known Use: circa 1740


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segue

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intransitive verb se·gue \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\

Definition of segue

segued

segueing

  1. 1 :  to proceed without pause from one musical number or theme to another

  2. 2 :  to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another <segued smoothly into the next story>



Examples of segue in a sentence

  1. Then he quickly segues into the dangers of being too hard on cops who make an honest mistake. That turns out to be the moral of the story, the perils of politics intruding on the job. —Ted Conover, New York Times Book Review, 18 Apr. 2004

  2. As the Klamath Mountains segue into the Coast Range, moist Pacific air creeps up the river valley in cottony mists. —Bruce Barcott, Mother Jones, May–June 2003

  3. But for casual acquaintances, keep your response brief. Just say “I'm happy for him,” and segue into another topic. —Kitty Flynn, Cosmopolitan, December 2000

  4. She quickly segued to the next topic.

  5. The band smoothly segued from one song to the next.

  6. In the movie, a shot of the outside of the house segued neatly to a shot of the family inside the house.



Origin and Etymology of segue

(see 1segue)


First Known Use: circa 1913


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segue

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noun se·gue \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\

Definition of segue

  1. :  a transition made without pause or interruption :  the act or an instance of segueing (see 2segue)



Examples of segue in a sentence

  1. The evening news continued, a fast segue into a promo for that night's showcase program, an inquiry into the sources of the civic genius of Bonaparte … —Ward Just, Forgetfulness, (2006) 2007

  2. Making a smooth segue into foreign policy, he offered a nuanced assessment of Russia's acting President Vladimir Putin as “showing signs of pragmatism,” but added, correctly, that “anyone who tells you they have Putin figured out is blowing smoke.” —James Carney, Time, 21 Feb. 2000



Origin and Etymology of segue

(see 1segue)


First Known Use: circa 1937


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