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verb [transitive] honour pronunciation in British English /ˈɒnə(r)/
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present tense
present participlehonouring
past tensehonoured
past participlehonoured
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  1. 1
    to show your respect or admiration for someone, especially by giving them a prize or a title, or by praising them publicly

    She will be honoured for her work in promoting friendship between the two countries.

    We are here today to honour the men and women who gave their lives for their country.

  2. 2
    to do what you promised to do or what it is your duty to do
    honour a pledge/promise/commitment:

    Demonstrators called on the Prime Minister to honour his pledge to improve healthcare.

    honour a contract/agreement:

    Once a contract is signed, it has to be honoured.


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