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English definition of “cue”


noun [C] (SIGNAL)   /kju/
a signal for someone to do or say something, esp . in a play or movie : She waited for her cue – the ring of the telephone – to come on stage . Being passed over for promotion twice was his cue to start looking for another job .
(Definition of cue noun (SIGNAL) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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