salutes; saluted; saluting
1 : to give a sign of respect to (a military officer, flag, etc.) by moving your right hand to your forehead : to give a salute to (someone or something)
He saluted the officer.
Salute the flag.
The officer saluted.
2 [+ object] : to show respect for (someone or something) : to publicly praise (someone or something)
We salute our country's soldiers.
The players saluted the fans.
The president saluted her bravery.