"salutes" in the noun sense
1. salute, salutation
an act of honor or courteous recognition
"a musical salute to the composer on his birthday"
2. salute, military greeting
a formal military gesture of respect
an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat
"salutes" in the verb sense
1. toast, drink, pledge, salute, wassail
propose a toast to
"Let us toast the birthday girl!"
"Let's drink to the New Year"
greet in a friendly way
"I meet this men every day on my way to work and he salutes me"
express commendation of
"I salute your courage!"
"a terrible stench saluted our nostrils"
honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
6. salute, present
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation assume a prescribed position
"When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
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