There are 2 definitions of cue in English:

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Pronunciation: /kjuː
 
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noun

  • 1A thing said or done that serves as a signal to an actor or other performer to enter or to begin their speech or performance: she had not yet been given her cue to come out on to the dais
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    • The Mayor, not heeding his cue, began his speech early and failed to mention the conference and exhibition sponsors.
    • The colors and moods combine with the actors' performances and haunting musical cues to create a slightly surreal atmosphere.
    • This fosters a kind of sensitivity toward the body language of the actors and the musical cues in the narrative.
    Synonyms
    signal, sign, indication, prompt, reminder, prompting; nod, word; hint, suggestion, intimation
    North American informal high sign
    Physiology zeitgeber
  • 1.1A signal for action: his success was the cue for the rest of Fleet Street to forge ahead
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    • If that sounds painfully scary, you could just say you'll e-mail him later, which is an obvious cue for him to offer up his address.
    • This was the cue for the home team to get their act together and they did.
    • This was the cue for a hold up which lasted around five minutes as players, mentors and fans pleaded with the referee to reverse his decision.
  • 1.2A circumstance or piece of information which aids the memory in retrieving details not recalled spontaneously.
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    • Variety maximises the number of retrieval cues for recall of information.
    • The context acts as a cue to retrieve the memory of events that occurred in its presence.
    • You lose glasses and keys either because your brain never encoded an event or piece of information or because a cue devised to trigger your memory failed.
  • 1.3 Psychology A feature of something perceived that is used in the brain’s interpretation of the perception: expectancy is communicated both by auditory and visual cues
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    • Lacking auditory and visual cues, the e-mail message or newsgroup post can be productively ambiguous in tone.
    • In waking life, the best that we can do is interpret overt cues and then attempt to understand a person's intentions and predict their actions, for which dreams offer such a venue.
    • Clothing and decoration provide important cues to aid interpersonal and intrapersonal communication.
  • 1.4A hint or indication about how to behave in particular circumstances: my teacher joked about such attitudes and I followed her cue
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    • He needed always to be on the lookout for subtle cues indicating how his mother would behave.
    • Was it a case of a people merely following the cues of their leader?
    • We were the ones who did not know the protocols - but followed the few cues.
  • 2 [mass noun] A facility for playing through an audio or video recording very rapidly until a desired starting point is reached.

verb (cues, cueing or cuing, cued)

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  • 1Give a cue to or for: Ros and Guil, cued by Hamlet, also bow deeply
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    • A tinny soundtrack is used to cue the arrival of dramatic tension - a job that is better left to performers.
    • It cues our hate to keep us watching, like a bullfighter taunting a bull: waving red to draw our attention and anger.
    • So it cues you that something's around and you try and contain that.
  • 1.1Act as a prompt or reminder: have a list of needs and questions on paper to cue you
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    • Make your reminder cues both informative and obvious.
    • I can be cued back through patient prompting, but it takes me a while, and it might not last.
    • This may include cueing or prompting, questioning, modeling, telling, or discussing.
  • 2Set a piece of audio or video equipment in readiness to play (a particular part of the recorded material): there was a pause while she cued up the next tape
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    • A manager who has to train distant new hires can directly present the orientation session using the video/audio streaming feed, cueing slides showing detailed information and taking questions from the audience in real time.
    • Because recorded motion can be cued and played back live, the puppeteer can layer a performance, as one would produce a multitrack audio recording.
    • The risers are rolled in; lights are fixed, sound is cued and video monitors are put in place.

Phrases

on cue

At the correct moment: right on cue the door opened
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  • At that very moment as if on cue, somewhere in the distance a wolf let out a menacing howl.
  • As if on cue, a door on the far side of the room opened, and a voice called.
  • As if right on cue, the door to the parlor opened just then and another servant, a young man, entered.

take one's cue from

Follow the example or advice of: McGee did not move and Julia took her cue from him
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  • The conductor of the symphony orchestra does not control the activity of the players, but they do follow the score and take their cue from the conductor's directions.
  • If I understand it aright, objective calculation and measurement take their cue from - and ultimately serve - circumspective involvement in the world.
  • Yeah, and most people don't take their cue from that.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of cue in English:

cue2

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Pronunciation: /kjuː
 
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noun

  • A long straight tapering wooden rod for striking the ball in snooker, billiards, etc..
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    • When the cue hits the object ball it will bend the tangent line back away from the corner.
    • If I strike a billiard ball with a cue stick, I effect a transfer of [physical] energy.
    • Also banned from cabins is sporting equipment such as cricket bats, tennis racquets, golf clubs and snooker cues.

verb (cues, cueing or cuing, cued)

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  • Use a cue to strike the ball: Mark cued well early on
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    • ‘I missed a few easy balls today but I am cueing brilliantly,’ he said.
    • But I started cueing well and Alan couldn't put me away,’ he said.
    • It gives me time get back to the way I was cueing before Sheffield.

Origin

mid 18th century (denoting a long plait or pigtail): variant of queue.

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