Definition of take the salute in US English:

take the salute


  • (of a senior officer in the armed forces or other person of importance) acknowledge formally a salute given by a body of troops marching past.

    • ‘Following the ceremony, war veterans and cadets accompanied by Spen Valley Brass Band paraded to City Hall where the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, took the salute at a march past in Centenary Square.’
    • ‘Wreaths were cast over the sides of the vessels, and the British Naval Attache to France, Capt Allan Adair, took the salute in Shetland as the Last Post and Reveille were played.’
    • ‘The Princess Royal, as Rear Admiral Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy, took the salute at Horse Guards of the columns of ex-Servicemen and women marched past.’
    • ‘The mayor later took the salute at a march past by the ship's company of the frigate, alongside Cdr Carden.’
    • ‘Mountbatten gratified his ambition by staging an elaborate victory parade, at which he took the salute in Rangoon on 15 June.’
    • ‘As Prince Michael took the salute, a small gathering of anti-war protesters made themselves heard, but failed to disrupt proceedings.’
    • ‘After the service, Wing Commander Dave Forbes took the salute at the march past.’
    • ‘The Mayor and Commanding Officer took the salute at the War Memorial.’
    • ‘The Division was formally disbanded at a parade on Horse Guards Parade in 1919 at which the Prince of Wales took the salute, and survivors commissioned Sir Edward Lutyens to create an appropriate memorial to overlook the spot.’
    • ‘The college's commanding officer, Lt Col Guy Deacon, inspected the soldiers and took the salute as they marched past.’