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flag

noun \ ˈflag also ˈflāg \

Definition of flag

: any of various monocotyledonous plants with long ensiform leaves: such as
a : iris; especially : a wild iris

Origin and Etymology of flag

Middle English flagge reed, rush


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flag

noun, often attributive

Definition of flag

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 a : the tail of some dogs (such as a setter or hound); also : the long hair fringing a dog's tail
b : the tail of a deer
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 : something represented by a flag: such 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


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flag

verb

Definition of flag

flagged; flagging
1 : to signal with or as if with a flag; especially : to signal to stop
  • flagged the train
often used with down
2 : to mark or identify with or as if with a flag
  • flagged potential problems in the proposal
3 : to call a penalty on : penalize
  • a lineman flagged for being offside

First Known Use of flag

1856

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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flag

verb

Definition of flag

flagged; flagging
1 : to hang loose without stiffness
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


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flag

noun

Definition of flag

: 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


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flag

verb

Definition of flag

flagged; flagging
: to lay (something, such as a pavement) with flags (see 5flag)

First Known Use of flag

1615

in the meaning defined above

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FLAG Defined for Kids

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flag

noun \ ˈflag \

Definition of flag for Students

: 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

verb

Definition of flag for Students

flagged; flagging
: to signal to stop flag a taxi

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flag

verb

Definition of flag for Students

flagged; flagging
: to become weak
  • He tried to use the flagging power of his memory …
  • —Lois Lowry, The Giver


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