Meaning of FLAG in English

~ 1

■ noun

1》 an oblong piece of cloth that is raised on a pole and used as an emblem, especially of nationality.

↘a ship's ensign.

2》 a device or symbol resembling a ~, used as a marker.

3》 a small paper badge given to people who donate to a charity appeal.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ging , ~ged )

1》 mark for attention; draw attention to.

2》 direct or alert by waving a ~ or using hand signals.

↘( ~ someone down ) signal to a driver to stop.

3》 provide or decorate with a ~ or ~s.


fly the ~ (of a ship) be registered in a particular country and sail under its ~.

↘(also show or carry or wave the ~ ) represent one's country or demonstrate one's affiliation with an organization.

put the ~s (or ~ ) out celebrate.

wrap oneself in the ~ chiefly N. Amer. make an excessive show of one's patriotism.


~ger noun


C16: perh. from obs. ~ 'drooping', of unknown ultimate origin.


~ 2

■ noun a flat rectangular or square stone slab, used for paving.


~ged adjective


ME: prob. of Scand. origin and related to Icelandic ~ 'spot from which a sod has been cut' and ON ~a 'slab of stone'.


~ 3

■ noun a waterside plant with long sword-shaped leaves. [ Iris pseudacorus ( yellow ~ ) and other species.]


ME: of unknown ultimate origin.


~ 4

■ verb ( ~s , ~ging , ~ged ) become tired or less enthusiastic.


C16: related to obs. ~ 'hanging down'.

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