flag·​ging | \ ˈfla-giŋ How to pronounce flagging (audio) also ˈflā- \

Definition of flagging

1 : languid, weak
2 : becoming progressively less : dwindling

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Other Words from flagging

flaggingly adverb

Examples of flagging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flagging approval ratings coincide with increasing skepticism Feinstein has faced from her party’s base. Melanie Mason Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 In the meantime, both companies are working on booster shots that would stimulate a flagging immune system. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 One beneficiary of the flagging demand for investment-grade bonds could be the junk bond-market, which tends to follow stocks more than Treasurys. Matt Wirz, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 The verdict was the latest blow to the flagging democracy movement as the governments in Hong Kong and Beijing tighten the screws in their efforts to exert greater control over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2021 On Humphrey's abilities, Kumpuris alluded to Humphrey's temper and judgment as well as the Police Department's flagging recruiting numbers. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 30 Dec. 2020 Aware of its flagging approval—and alarmed by the example of the protests in Belarus—the Kremlin is no longer willing to tolerate the risk posed by the opposition, experts said. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 14 Mar. 2021 Clearing out the conflict between the executive and the once-independent legislature is seen as desirable for international creditors, such as China, who continue to invest in the flagging Venezuela oil industry. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 7 Dec. 2020 Democrats have charged Mnuchin with trying to hamstring the incoming administration’s ability to address a flagging economic recovery amid the resurgence of the coronavirus. Craig Torres, Bloomberg.com, 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of flagging

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flagging was in 1545

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25 May 2021

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“Flagging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagging. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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