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Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
James Bryce

Meaning of "flag" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FLAG

Of uncertain origin.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FLAG

flag  [flæɡ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FLAG

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Flag is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb flag in English.

WHAT DOES FLAG MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Flag

A flag is a piece of fabric with a distinctive design that is used as a symbol, as a signaling device, or as decoration. It can also be used to refer to a key in a CTF. The term flag is also used to refer to the graphic design employed by a flag, or to its depiction in another medium. The first flags were used to assist military co-ordination on battlefields, and flags have since evolved into a general tool for rudimentary signalling and identification, especially in environments where communication is similarly challenging. National flags are potent patriotic symbols with varied wide-ranging interpretations, often including strong military associations due to their original and ongoing military uses. Flags are also used in messaging, advertising, or for other decorative purposes. The study of flags is known as vexillology, from the Latin word vexillum, meaning flag or banner.

Definition of flag in the English dictionary

The first definition of flag in the dictionary is a piece of cloth, esp bunting, often attached to a pole or staff, decorated with a design and used as an emblem, symbol, or standard or as a means of signalling. Other definition of flag is a small paper flag, emblem, or sticker sold on flag days. Flag is also an indicator, that may be set or unset, used to indicate a condition or to stimulate a particular reaction in the execution of a computer program.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO FLAG

PRESENT

Present
I flag
you flag
he/she/it flags
we flag
you flag
they flag
Present continuous
I am flagging
you are flagging
he/she/it is flagging
we are flagging
you are flagging
they are flagging
Present perfect
I have flagged
you have flagged
he/she/it has flagged
we have flagged
you have flagged
they have flagged
Present perfect continuous
I have been flagging
you have been flagging
he/she/it has been flagging
we have been flagging
you have been flagging
they have been flagging
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I flagged
you flagged
he/she/it flagged
we flagged
you flagged
they flagged
Past continuous
I was flagging
you were flagging
he/she/it was flagging
we were flagging
you were flagging
they were flagging
Past perfect
I had flagged
you had flagged
he/she/it had flagged
we had flagged
you had flagged
they had flagged
Past perfect continuous
I had been flagging
you had been flagging
he/she/it had been flagging
we had been flagging
you had been flagging
they had been flagging
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will flag
you will flag
he/she/it will flag
we will flag
you will flag
they will flag
Future continuous
I will be flagging
you will be flagging
he/she/it will be flagging
we will be flagging
you will be flagging
they will be flagging
Future perfect
I will have flagged
you will have flagged
he/she/it will have flagged
we will have flagged
you will have flagged
they will have flagged
Future perfect continuous
I will have been flagging
you will have been flagging
he/she/it will have been flagging
we will have been flagging
you will have been flagging
they will have been flagging
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would flag
you would flag
he/she/it would flag
we would flag
you would flag
they would flag
Conditional continuous
I would be flagging
you would be flagging
he/she/it would be flagging
we would be flagging
you would be flagging
they would be flagging
Conditional perfect
I would have flag
you would have flag
he/she/it would have flag
we would have flag
you would have flag
they would have flag
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been flagging
you would have been flagging
he/she/it would have been flagging
we would have been flagging
you would have been flagging
they would have been flagging
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you flag
we let´s flag
you flag
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to flag
Past participle
flagged
Present Participle
flagging
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FLAG


beflag
bɪˈflæɡ
blag
blæɡ
clag
klæɡ
cornflag
ˈkɔːnˌflæɡ
graylag
ˈɡreɪˌlæɡ
greylag
ˈɡreɪˌlæɡ
Gulag
ˈɡuːlæɡ
lag
læɡ
reflag
riːˈflæɡ
rolag
ˈrəʊˌlæɡ
slag
slæɡ
stalag
ˈstælæɡ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FLAG

flaffer
flag captain
flag carrier
flag day
flag fall
flag lieutenant
flag of convenience
flag of truce
flag officer
flag out
flag rank
flag stop
flag up
flag-waver
flag-waving
flagella
flagellant
flagellantism
flagellar
flagellate

WORDS THAT END LIKE FLAG

black flag
Blue Flag
chequered flag
corner flag
fly the flag
Green Flag
jet lag
national flag
oflag
rainbow flag
red flag
signal flag
strike the flag
sweet flag
the flag
the Red Flag
time-lag
Union flag
white flag
yellow flag

Synonyms and antonyms of flag in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FLAG»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «flag» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of flag
abate · banderole · banner · colours · decline · die · docket · droop · ebb · ensign · fade · fail · faint · fall · fall off · falter · gonfalon · hail · identify · indicate · jack · label · languish · mark · note · pennant · pennon · pick out · pine · sag · salute · signal · sink · slump · standard · stop · streamer · succumb · tab · wane · wave down · weaken · weary · wilt

Translation of «flag» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FLAG

Find out the translation of flag to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of flag from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «flag» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

bandera
570 millions of speakers

English

flag
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

झंडा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عَلَم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

флаг
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

bandeira
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

flaff
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

drapeau
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Flask
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Fahne
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

깃발
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Flaf
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cờ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

flaff
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

फिकट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

flaff
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

bandiera
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

flaga
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

прапор
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

steag
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σημαία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vlag
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

flagga
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

flagg
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of flag

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FLAG»

The term «flag» is very widely used and occupies the 2.246 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FLAG» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «flag» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «flag» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about flag

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «FLAG»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word flag.
1
Kirk Acevedo
I am much more wired to be an athlete than anything else. I understand the 'hard work = payoff' equation in sports. I run marathons and I box. And that's my Puerto Rican flag hanging in Freddie Roach's Wild Card Boxing gym. I gave it to him. My last N.Y.C. marathon time I ran in three hours flat.
2
Henry Allingham
When I was born, the speed limit was two miles an hour. They'd only just repealed the law where a man had to walk in front of every motor car waving a flag.
3
Amiri Baraka
If the flag of an armed enemy of the U.S. is allowed to fly over government buildings, then it implies that slavery, or at least the threat of slavery, is sanctioned by that government and can still legally exist.
4
Henry Bonilla
Well, I think when you come here and wave a Mexican flag in our face in a country that's giving a lot of these people an opportunity that they've never had before, I think a lot of Americans are insulted, whether they're first-, second-, third-, fourth- or fifth-generation Americans.
5
Keegan Bradley
You can't swing with hesitation; you can't try to steer the ball to the flag; you can't worry about that water hazard as you take the club back. You have to pick the right club, visualize the shot you want to hit, and then focus on that shot until the ball is gone.
6
William J. Brennan, Jr.
We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so, we dilute the freedom this cherished emblem represents.
7
Geraldine Brooks
'You've got mail!' exclaims the cheery automaton at America Online. The flag on the mailbox icon waves invitingly on my computer screen. For a second, I'm 10 years old again, waiting for the postman's whistle to slice the stillness of an Australian afternoon.
8
James Bryce
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
9
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.
10
Melanie Chisholm
I feel there should have been some recognition of the Spice Girls at this year's 25th anniversary. We flew the flag for Britain around the globe in the 1990s and we achieved a hell of a lot.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FLAG»

Discover the use of flag in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to flag and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Flag: An American Biography
The book also shines informing light on a string of colorful and influential Americans who shaped the history of the American flag.
Marc Leepson, 2007
2
The Flag We Love#10th Anniversary Edition
This spirited tribute to Old Glory will inspire readers, young and old, to take a new look at the greatest emblem of the United States of America.
Pam Muñoz Ryan, 2006
3
The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem
Beautiful Minds explains how and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens.
John M. Coski, 2009
4
Flag Burning: Moral Panic and the Criminalization of Protest
In exploring social control of political protest in the United States, this volume embarks on an in-depth examination of flag desecration and efforts to criminalize that particular form of dissent.
Michael Welch (Ph. D.)
5
Under the Red Flag
The twelve stories in Under the Red Flag take place during China's Cultural Revolution.
Ha Jin, 1997
6
Was the Red Flag Flying There?: Marxist Politics and the ...
"--Timothy Mitchell, New York University This book is an attempt to reconceptualize the history of the Palestinian/Arab-Israeli conflict through the lens of the history of Marxist politics.
Joel Beinin, 1990
7
Flag in Exile
Struggling to deal with her lover's murder and a forced retirement, Captain Honor Harrington assumes the role of Steadholder on the planet Grayson, but a threatening uprising calls her back into duty as head of the Grayson Navy.
David Weber, 2002
8
Non-Flag State Enforcement in High Seas Fisheries
This book is the first comprehensive examination of state practice relating to enforcement by non-flag states of the high seas conservation and management measures adopted by Regional Fisheries Organisations.
Rosemary Gail Rayfuse, 2004
9
Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the ...
Groundbreaking study of American patriotism and the symbolic power of the national flag.
Carolyn Marvin, David W. Ingle, 1999
10
The Flag Maker
Relates events of the 1814 Battle of Baltimore as seen through the eyes of twelve-year-old Caroline Pickersgill, who had worked with her family and their servants to sew the enormous flag which waved over Fort McHenry.
Susan Campbell Bartoletti, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FLAG»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term flag is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Kid Rock Tells Protestors to 'Kiss My Ass' Over Confederate Flag
Even as South Carolina and major retailers officially disconnect themselves from the Confederate flag, the controversial symbol continues to ... «RollingStone.com, Jul 15»
2
Confederate flag taken down in South Carolina after 54 years
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation on July 9, 2015 to have the Confederate battle flag permanently removed from state ... «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
3
These guys protested the Confederate flag 20 years ago and all they …
In 1994, long before South Carolina's long-awaited decision this week to remove the Confederate flag from a prominent place adjacent to the ... «Quartz, Jul 15»
4
Tearing that flag down didn't end racism, but dropping the flag pole …
The deed is done in South Carolina and since we live in the era of change embraced by the SJW movement there was nothing that was ever ... «Hot Air, Jul 15»
5
South Carolina's Removal of Confederate Flag Marks New Era
South Carolina's Removal of Confederate Flag Marks New Era. More. Lawmakers remove the flag from the statehouse, a move spurred on as a ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
6
Sea princess competitor drops out in wake of Confederate flag flap
On Thursday, Rockland police posted a video in an effort to locate the unidentified woman who ripped the flag from the back of Hilt's truck while ... «Bangor Daily News, Jul 15»
7
Panthers' Cam Newton calls removal of Confederate flag 'a triumph'
The Panthers called for the removal of the Confederate flag last month. (USATSI) The Panthers called for the removal of the Confederate flag ... «CBSSports.com, Jul 15»
8
Walmart to 'melt' class rings bearing Confederate flag rather than …
The ring had been ordered before Walmart stopped selling items bearing images of the flag, in the wake of controversy that stemmed from a ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
9
'Sh*t Flag Challenge': Woman Challenges People To Defecate On …
A woman who goes by the name Nocturnus Libertus on Facebook has issued a challenge to people to “wipe your a** on the flag of imperialist ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»
10
Rainbow-flag Christians quizzed by pastor
Pastor Kevin DeYoung's list of questions for rainbow flag-waving Christians includes: “As you think about the long history of the church and the ... «WND.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Flag [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/flag>. Nov 2019 ».
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