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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Noun salute has 3 senses

Verb salute has 6 senses


salutev. t. [L. salutare, salutatum, from salus, -utis, health, safety. See Salubrious.].
  •  To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail.  [1913 Webster]
    "I salute you with this kingly title."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc.  [1913 Webster]
    "You have the prettiest tip of a finger . . . I must take the freedom to salute it."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To honor, as some day, person, or nation, by a discharge of cannon or small arms, by dipping colors, by cheers, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
saluten. [Cf. F. salut. See Salute, v.].
  •  The act of saluting, or expressing kind wishes or respect; salutation; greeting.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A sign, token, or ceremony, expressing good will, compliment, or respect, as a kiss, a bow, etc.  Tennyson.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A token of respect or honor for some distinguished or official personage, for a foreign vessel or flag, or for some festival or event, as by presenting arms, by a discharge of cannon, volleys of small arms, dipping the colors or the topsails, etc.  [1913 Webster]


salute, n. & v.
1 a gesture of respect, homage, or courteous recognition, esp. made to or by a person when arriving or departing.
2 a Mil. & Naut. a prescribed or specified movement of the hand or of weapons or flags as a sign of respect or recognition. b (prec. by the) the attitude taken by an individual soldier, sailor, policeman, etc., in saluting.
3 the discharge of a gun or guns as a formal or ceremonial sign of respect or celebration.
4 Fencing the formal performance of certain guards etc. by fencers before engaging.
1 a tr. make a salute to. b intr. (often foll. by to) perform a salute.
2 tr. greet; make a salutation to.
3 tr. (foll. by with) receive or greet with (a smile etc.).
4 tr. archaic hail as (king etc.).

take the salute
1 (of the highest officer present) acknowledge it by gesture as meant for him.
2 receive ceremonial salutes by members of a procession.
saluter n.
ME f. L salutare f. salus -utis health



accost, acknowledge, address, adulate, anniversaries, apostrophize, apotheosize, appeal to, approach, beat the drum, belaud, bend, bending the knee, bepraise, bespeak, bid good day, bid good morning, bless, blow up, boast of, bob, bow, bow to, bowing and scraping, brag about, buttonhole, call to, celebrate, celebrating, celebration, ceremony, commemoration, cry up, curtsy, deify, demonstrate respect for, dip, dip the colors, dip the ensign, dipping the colors, do homage to, dress ship, dressing ship, emblazon, embrace, eulogize, exalt, exchange colors, exchange greetings, extol, fanfare, fanfaronade, festivity, flag, flag down, flash, flatter, flourish of trumpets, genuflection, give a signal, give the nod, glance, glorify, greet, greeting, hail, hail and speak, half-mast, halloo, hand-clasp, handshake, hello, hero-worship, hoist a banner, holiday, homage, honor, how-do-you-do, hug, idolize, inclination, invoke, jubilee, kick, kiss, kiss hands, kneeling, kowtow, laud, leer, lift the hat, lionize, magnify, make a sign, make a signal, make much of, making a leg, marking the occasion, memorialization, memory, nod, nod to, nudge, obeisance, obsequiousness, observance, ovation, overpraise, panegyrize, pay homage to, pay respect to, pay tribute, pay tribute to, poke, porter aux nues, praise, present arms, presenting arms, prostration, puff, puff up, pull the forelock, raise a cry, recognize, rejoicing, religious rites, remembrance, render honor to, revel, reverence, rite, ritual observance, salaam, salutation, salvo, say hello, scrape, servility, shake, shake hands, sign, signal, signalize, smile, smile of recognition, solemn observance, solemnization, sound an alarm, sound the trumpet, speak, speak fair, speak to, stand at attention, stand to attention, standing at attention, submission, submissiveness, take aside, talk to, testimonial, testimonial banquet, testimonial dinner, toast, touch, touch the hat, tribute, triumph, trumpet, uncover, unfurl a flag, wave, wave a flag, wave the hand, wink




VB speak to, address, accost, make up to, apostrophize, appeal to, invoke, ball, salute, call to, halloo, take aside, take by the button, talk to in private, lecture, Int, soho!, halloo!, hey!, hist!.


N celebration, solemnization, jubilee, commemoration, ovation, paean, triumph, jubilation, ceremony (rite), holiday, fiesta, zarabanda, revelry, feast (amusement), china anniversary, diamond anniversary, golden anniversary, silver anniversary, tin anniversary, china jubilee, diamond jubilee, golden jubilee, silver jubilee, tin jubilee, china wedding, diamond wedding, golden wedding, silver wedding, tin wedding, triumphal arch, bonfire, salute, salvo, salvo of artillery, feu de joie, flourish of trumpets, fanfare, colors flying, illuminations, inauguration, installation, presentation, coronation, Lord Mayor's show, harvest-home, red-letter day, trophy, Te Deum, fete, holiday, Forefathers' Day, celebrating, commemorative, celebrated, immortal, in honor of, in commemoration of, Int, hail!, all hail!, io paean, io triumphe!, see the conquering hero comes!.


N courtesy, respect, good manners, good behavior, good breeding, manners, politeness, bienseance, urbanity, comity, gentility, breeding, polish, presence, civility, civilization, amenity, suavity, good temper, good humor, amiability, easy temper, complacency, soft tongue, mansuetude, condescension, affability, complaisance, pr_evenance, amability, gallantry, pink of politeness, pink of courtesy, compliment, fair words, soft words, sweet words, honeyed phrases, ceremonial salutation, reception, presentation, introduction, accueil, greeting, recognition, welcome, abord, respects, devoir, regards, remembrances, kind regards, kind remembrances, love, best love, duty, empty encomium, flattering remark, hollow commendation, salaams, obeisance, bow, courtesy, curtsy, scrape, salaam, kotow, kowtow, bowing and scraping, kneeling, genuflection, obsequiousness, capping, shaking hands grip of the hand, embrace, hug, squeeze, accolade, loving cup, vin d'honneur, pledge, love token, kiss, buss, salute, mark of recognition, nod, nods and becks and wreathed smiles, valediction, condolence, courteous, polite, civil, mannerly, urbane, well-behaved, well- mannered, well-bred, well-brought up, good-mannered, polished, civilized, cultivated, refined, gentlemanlike, gallant, on one's good behavior, fine spoken, fair spoken, soft-spoken, honey-mouthed, honey- tongued, oily, bland, obliging, conciliatory, complaisant, complacent, obsequious, ingratiating, winning, gentle, mild, good-humored, cordial, gracious, affable, familiar, neighborly, diplomatic, tactful, politic, artful, courteously, with a good grace, with open arms, with outstretched arms, a bras ouverts, suaviter in modo, in good humor, Int, hail!, welcome!, well met!, ave!, all hail!, good day, good morrow!, Godspeed!, pax vobiscum!, may your shadow never be less!, Tien de plus estimable que la ceremonie, the very pink of courtesy.

VB be courteous, show courtesy, mind one's P's and Q's, behave oneself, be all things to all men, conciliate, speak one fair, take in good part, make the amiable, do the amiable, look as if butter would not melt in one's mouth, mend one's manners, receive, do the honors, usher, greet, hail, bid welcome, welcome, welcome with open arms, shake hands, hold out the hand, press the hand, squeeze the hand, press the flesh, bid Godspeed, speed the parting guest, cheer, serenade, salute, embrace, kiss, kiss hands, drink to, pledge, hob and nob, move to, nod to, smile upon, uncover, cap, touch the hat, take off the hat, doff the cap, present arms, make way for, bow, make one's bow, make a leg, scrape, curtsy, courtesy, bob a curtsy, bob a courtesy, kneel, bow the knee, bend the knee, visit, wait upon, present oneself, pay one's respects, pay a visit, dance attendance on, pay attentions to, do homage to, prostrate oneself, give one's duty to, send one's duty to render polite, polish, civilize, humanize.


N congratulation, gratulation, felicitation, salute, condolence, compliments of the season, congratulatory, gratulatory, I wish you all the joy that you can wish, best wishes.


N endearment, caress, blandishment, blandiment, panchement, fondling, billing and cooing, dalliance, necking, petting, sporting, sparking, hanky-panky, caressing, embrace, salute, kiss, buss, smack, osculation, deosculation, amorous glances, courtship, wooing, suit, addresses, the soft impeachment, lovemaking, serenading, caterwauling, flirting, flirtation, gallantry, coquetry, true lover's knot, plighted love, love tale, love token, love letter, billet-doux, valentine, honeymoon, Strephon and Chloe, caressing, sighing like furnace, love-sick, spoony, caressed, faint heart neer won fair lady, kisses honeyed by oblivion.

VB caress, fondle, pet, dandle, pat, pat on the head, pat on the cheek, chuck under the chin, smile upon, coax, wheedle, cosset, coddle, cocker, cockle, make of, make much of, cherish, foster, kill with kindness, clasp, hug, cuddle, fold in one's arms, strain in one's arms, nestle, nuzzle, embrace, kiss, buss, smack, blow a kiss, salute, fold to the heart, press to the bosom, bill and coo, spoon, toy, dally, flirt, coquet, gallivant, galavant, philander, make love, pay one's court to, pay one's addresses to, pay one's attentions to, serenade, court, woo, set one's cap at, be sweet upon, look sweet upon, ogle, cast sheep's eyes upon, faire les yeux doux, fall in love with, win the affections, die for, propose, make an offer, have an offer, pop the question, plight one's troth, plight one's faith.


N respect, regard, consideration, courtesy, attention, deference, reverence, honor, esteem, estimation, veneration, admiration, approbation, homage, fealty, obeisance, genuflection, kneeling prostration, obsequiousness, salaam, kowtow, bow, presenting arms, salute, respects, regards, duty, devoirs, egards, devotion, respecting, respectful, deferential, decorous, reverential, obsequious, ceremonious, bareheaded, cap in hand, on one's knees, prostrate, respected, in high esteem, in high estimation, time-honored, venerable, emeritus, in deference to, with all respect, with all due respect, with due respect, with the highest respect, with submission, saving your grace, saving your presence, salva sit reverentia, pace tanti nominis, Int, hail!, all hail!, esto perpetua!, may your shadow never be less!, and pluck up drowned honor by the locks, his honor rooted in dishonor stood, honor pricks me on.

VB respect, regard, revere, reverence, hold in reverence, honor, venerate, hallow, esteem, think much of, entertain respect for, bear respect for, look up to, defer to, have a high opinion of, hold a high opinion of, pay attention, pay respect, to, do honor to, render honor to, do the honors, hail, show courtesy, salute, present arms, do homage to, pay homage to, pay tribute to, kneel to, bow to, bend the knee to, fall down before, prostrate oneself, kiss the hem of one's garment, worship, keep one's distance, make room, observe due decorum, stand upon ceremony, command respect, inspire respect, awe, inspire awe, impose, overawe, dazzle.

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