Flag - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |flæɡ|  American pronunciation of the word flag
Brit.  |flæɡ|  British pronunciation of the word flag


- emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
- a listing printed in all issues of a newspaper or magazine (usually on the editorial page) that gives the name of the publication and the names of the editorial staff, etc. (syn: masthead)
- plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals (syn: fleur-de-lis, iris)
- a rectangular piece of fabric used as a signalling device
- flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green (syn: pin)
- stratified stone that splits into pieces suitable as paving stones (syn: flagstone)
- a conspicuously marked or shaped tail


- communicate or signal with a flag
- provide with a flag
- droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness (syn: droop, sag, swag)
- decorate with flags
the building was flagged for the holiday
- become less intense (syn: ease off, ease up)

Extra examples

A flag flies / flutters.

Children waving flags greeted the Russian leader.

Flags were flying at half-mast because of the death of the Premier.

The flag went down, and the race began.

I've flagged the parts I want to comment on.

By the end of the meeting we had begun to flag.

We raised the flag to the top of the pole.

The leader of the parade waved a flag.

Every morning, we pledge allegiance to the flag.

...over the years the historic flag had become badly ribboned by the wind...

The flag was whipping in the strong wind.

Using the national flag in advertising only cheapens it.

The flag is the emblem of our nation.

The flag flapped in the breeze.

...a nationalistic display of the country's flag at all civic events...

Phrasal verbs

flag down  — signal to stop

Word forms

I/you/we/they: flag
he/she/it: flags
present participle: flagging
past tense: flagged
past participle: flagged
singular: flag
plural: flags
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