flag

1
[ flag ]
/ flæg /
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noun

verb (used with object), flagged, flag·ging.

Idioms

    strike the flag,
    1. to relinquish command, as of a ship.
    2. to submit or surrender: His financial situation is growing worse, but he's not ready to strike the flag.
    Also strike one's flag.

Origin of flag

1
1475–85; perhaps blend of flap (noun) and fag1 (noun) in obsolete sense “flap”

Related forms

flag·ger, nounflag·less, adjective

Definition for flags (2 of 4)

flag

2
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

noun

any of various plants with long, sword-shaped leaves, as the sweet flag.
the long, slender leaf of such a plant or of a cereal.

Origin of flag

2
1350–1400; Middle English flagge

Definition for flags (3 of 4)

flag

3
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

verb (used without object), flagged, flag·ging.

to fall off in vigor, energy, activity, interest, etc.: Public enthusiasm flagged when the team kept losing.
to hang loosely or limply; droop.

Origin of flag

3
1535–45; perhaps blend of of flap (v.) and fag1 (v.) in obsolete sense “to droop”. See flag1

Definition for flags (4 of 4)

flag

4
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

noun


verb (used with object), flagged, flag·ging.

to pave with flagstones.

Origin of flag

4
1400–50; late Middle English flagge piece of sod; akin to Old Norse flaga slab

Related forms

flag·ger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for flags (1 of 5)

flags

/ (flæɡz) /

pl n

rare the long feathers on the leg of a hawk or falcon

British Dictionary definitions for flags (2 of 5)

flag

1
/ (flæɡ) /

noun


verb flags, flagging or flagged (tr)

Derived Forms

flagger, nounflagless, adjective

Word Origin for flag

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for flags (3 of 5)

flag

2
/ (flæɡ) /

verb flags, flagging or flagged (intr)

to hang down; become limp; droop
to decline in strength or vigour; become weak or tired

Word Origin for flag

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for flags (4 of 5)

flag

3
/ (flæɡ) /

noun

any of various plants that have long swordlike leaves, esp the iris Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag)
the leaf of any such plant

See also sweet flag

Word Origin for flag

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Dutch flag, Danish flæg yellow iris

British Dictionary definitions for flags (5 of 5)

flag

4
/ (flæɡ) /

noun

short for flagstone

verb flags, flagging or flagged

(tr) to furnish (a floor) with flagstones
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