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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: salutare, from salus 'health, safety, greeting'

salute

1 verb
     
sa‧lute1
1 [intransitive and transitive]PM to move your right hand to your head, especially in order to show respect to an officer in the army, navy etc:
The two soldiers saluted Lieutenant Cecil.
The men jumped to their feet and saluted.
2 [transitive] formal to praise someone for the things they have achieved, especially publicly
salute somebody as something
James Joyce was saluted as the greatest writer of the 20th century.
3 [transitive] old-fashioned to greet someone in a polite way, especially by moving your hand or body
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