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, 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

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 Arguably not quite as horrifying as black-and-white images of the England football team and other athletes raising their arms in Nazi salutes when competing in Germany in the 1930s. John Leicester, Fox News, "Column: Salah suckered in inauspicious World Cup start," 12 June 2018 Panama’s players stayed on the field to salute the fans several minutes after the match ended. Tim Booth, BostonGlobe.com, "Belgium wakes up in second half, rolls past Panama," 18 June 2018 Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey made appearances to salute Grainge and Dupri, respectively. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "John Mellencamp adds Songwriters Hall of Fame to career accolades," 16 June 2018 Jones gets to salute an artist with multiple layers. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Bobby Darin’s ‘Biggest Hits’ swings into Munster theater," 8 June 2018 But after the soldier trains the dog to salute, Stubby becomes an official mascot. Pat Padua, kansascity, "‘Sgt. Stubby’ is an endearing tale of canine courage under fire | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018 Spencer leaned on his cane while saluting his fallen comrades with the sign of the cross, the newspaper says. CBS News, "Last survivor of World War II unit fulfills its whiskey pact," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There was also a Feu de Joie, or mass rifle salute, to complete the military pageantry. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "See Meghan Markle Make Her Buckingham Palace Balcony Return Right Next to Queen Elizabeth!," 10 July 2018 The dedication of the historical marker will include an invocation by Archbishop Jerome Listecki, a musket salute, speeches and taps sounded by a bugler. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historical marker honoring Civil War veterans at Calvary Cemetery to be dedicated on Gettysburg anniversary," 29 June 2018 However, there is no rule that a US president is obliged to return a salute, which is considered a sign of mutual respect. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Sarah Sanders calls Trump's salute to North Korean general 'common courtesy'," 14 June 2018 As the crowd watched in silence, and military members rendered salute, Daley held the final note before bringing the bugle call to an end: All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "'Super humbling.' Army bugler relishes her part in NASCAR's military tribute. | Charlotte Observer," 27 May 2018 Zackson Heller looks forward to singing in Portuguese in a salute to Brazilian music. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Performers to portray Frankie Valli, Joan Rivers in South Florida shows," 11 May 2018 As family and friends were escorted into the auditorium, law-enforcement officers from different agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Tucson Police Department and others, stood in salute. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Community, law enforcement gather to honor slain Nogales Officer Jesus Cordova at vigil," 4 May 2018 The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department gave him a salute, and also some advice. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Police ask Colts draft pick Quenton Nelson not to 'go Pat McAfee'," 26 Apr. 2018 Rounding the corner, toward the church’s exit, the elder Bush raised his hand to his forehead in a salute. Jacob Carpenter And Emily Foxhall, San Antonio Express-News, "Thousands honor nation’s first mother as she is laid to rest," 21 Apr. 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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