Meaning of “cue” in the English Dictionary

"cue" in British English

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cuenoun [ C ]

uk /kjuː/ us /kjuː/

cue noun [ C ] (SIGNAL)

a word or action in a play or film that is used as a signal by a performer to begin saying or doing something

a signal for someone to do something:

[ + to infinitive ] They started washing up, so that was our cue to leave the party.
on cue

If something happens on cue, it happens just after someone has said or thought it would happen:

I was just wondering where Sarah was, when, right on cue, she came in.
take your cue from sb

to take notice of someone's words or behaviour so that you know what you should do:

She watched his lips carefully and took her cue from him.

cueverb [ T ]

uk /kjuː/ us /kjuː/ present participle cueing, past tense and past participle cued also cue in

(Definition of “cue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cue" in American English

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cuenoun [ C ]

us /kju/

cue noun [ C ] (SIGNAL)

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.

cue noun [ C ] (STICK)

in the game of pool, a long, round, wooden stick held at one end and used to hit a white ball and move it against another or other balls to roll them into holes around the edge of a table covered with cloth


(Definition of “cue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)