salute

verb
sa·​lute | \ sə-ˈlüt \
saluted; saluting

Definition of salute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to address with expressions of kind wishes, courtesy, or honor
b : to give a sign of respect, courtesy, or goodwill to : greet
2 : to become apparent to (one of the senses)
3a : to honor (a person, a nation, an event, etc.) by a conventional military or naval ceremony
b : to show respect and recognition to (a military superior) by assuming a prescribed position
c : to express commendation of : praise

intransitive verb

: to make a salute

salute

noun

Definition of salute (Entry 2 of 2)

2a : a sign, token, or ceremony expressing goodwill, compliment, or respect the festival was a salute to the arts
b : the position (as of the hand) or the entire attitude of a person saluting a superior

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Other Words from salute

Verb

saluter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for salute

Synonyms: Verb

acclaim, accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, tout

Synonyms: Noun

greeting, hello, salutation, welcome

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

Antonyms: Noun

adieu, bon voyage, congé (also congee), farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)

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Examples of salute in a Sentence

Verb

We salute our country's soldiers. The players saluted the fans. The president saluted her bravery.

Noun

The officers gave the general a salute. They raised their hands in salute. The concert was a salute to country music legends. Twenty-one guns were fired in salute. We raise our glasses in salute to the newlyweds.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They’ll be expected to salute and vote the party line unless Mrs. Pelosi gives them a pass on specific votes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Secret of Pelosi’s Success," 25 Nov. 2018 The Latest on services for Sen. John McCain (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Several firefighters are standing on top of a firetruck on an overpass above a Phoenix freeway saluting a motorcade with a hearse carrying Sen. John McCain's casket. Fox News, "The Latest: Firefighters salute, mourners hold McCain signs," 30 Aug. 2018 Two arrests stemmed from a confrontation near the Lee statue, where a Spotsylvania, Virginia, man stopped to salute, a Charlottesville woman confronted him and a physical altercation took place, officials said. Sarah Rankin, The Seattle Times, "Charlottesville anniversary: Peaceful protests, few arrests," 13 Aug. 2018 Dress for Success Greater Orlando is saluting Spectrum News 13 anchor Allison Walker-Torres and radio personality Jenny Castillo. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dress for Success honors Allison Walker-Torres," 7 June 2018 Each spring, the Metropolitan Museum salutes fashion in a grand way. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Five museum fashion shows not to miss, with items from Britain's royals and Frida Kahlo's closet," 30 Mar. 2018 He’s been awarded multiple honorary doctorates, a Grammy in 2004, a National Medal of the Arts in 2011 and was saluted at Washington DC’s annual Kennedy Center Honors in 2013. Alex Heigl, PEOPLE.com, "Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Can No Longer Play His Horn, But He's Still Searching for His Sound," 27 Mar. 2018 Molinari had a stretch of golf that Woods could only salute. Doug Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "The Tiger Woods roars are as deafening as ever. But they used to mean a lot more.," 2 July 2018 Kennedy clapped and held his glove in the air, saluting Almonte who running toward the dugout. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Sal Romano pitches 8 innings, Joey Votto lifts Reds to win over Royals in extras," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When reading his valedictory salute in 2 Timothy 4:6-8, this missionary was basking in the smile of his Savior even though the Roman government considered him a criminal worthy of death. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "Leaving the ‘stage of life’ to the applause of heaven," 12 July 2018 So, this Fourth of July, please pop a beer and offer your salute to the REAL patriots: the Minks and Ocasio-Cortezes and the bird-flipping cyclists. Drew Magary, GQ, "There Is Bravery in Each Other," 3 July 2018 The Devils retired Brodeur’s No. 30 in 2016 and later that year unveiled a statue of his famous salute outside their arena in Newark. New York Times, "Brodeur, O’Ree and Bettman Are Chosen for Hockey Hall of Fame," 26 June 2018 Trump then responds with his own salute in return, before the two men shake hands as Kim smiles in the background. Adam Taylor, BostonGlobe.com, "Documentary shows President Trump saluting North Korean general," 16 June 2018 Trump's critics pointed to his salute of one of Kim's generals - footage of which was released Thursday by North Korea state media in a documentary film about the summit - as evidence of the national security risks in his behavior. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un marks embrace of totalitarian leaders," 16 June 2018 Trump then responded with his own salute, before the two men shook hands as Kim smiles in the background. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump is losing the debate over splitting up immigrant families," 15 June 2018 Trump then responds with his own salute in return, before the two men shake hands as Kim smiles in the background. Adam Taylor, ajc, "Documentary shows Trump saluting North Korean general," 14 June 2018 After his salute, James left an American flag next to the framed photo of Capt. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Army veteran who died at Pulse 'needs to be honored,' says soldier who paid tribute," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of salute

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salute

Verb

Middle English, from Latin salutare, from salut-, salus health, safety, greeting, from salvus safe, healthy — more at safe

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salute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of salute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give a sign of respect to (a military officer, flag, etc.) by moving your right hand to your forehead : to give a salute to (someone or something)

: to show respect for (someone or something) : to publicly praise (someone or something)

salute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of salute (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of moving your right hand to your forehead as a sign of respect to a military officer, flag, etc.

: an act or ceremony that shows respect for someone

salute

verb
sa·​lute | \ sə-ˈlüt \
saluted; saluting

Kids Definition of salute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give a sign of respect to (as a military officer) especially by a movement of the right hand to the forehead
2 : to show or express respect for : honor She was saluted for her bravery.

salute

noun

Kids Definition of salute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the position taken or the movement made when bringing the right hand to the forehead in a sign of respect (as for a military officer)
2 : an act or ceremony that is a show of respect or honor

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