Learn how to say Cue correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word cue:
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
a signal for action:
his success was the cue for the rest of Fleet Street to forge ahead
a circumstance or piece of information which aids the memory in retrieving details not recalled spontaneously.
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
a hint or indication about how to behave in particular circumstances:
my teacher joked about such attitudes and I followed her cue
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)
1give a cue to or for:
Ros and Guil, cued by Hamlet, also bow deeply
act as a prompt or reminder:
have a list of needs and questions on paper to cue you
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
at the correct moment:
right on cue the door opened
take one’s cue from
follow the example or advice of:
McGee did not move and Julia took her cue from him
mid 16th century: of unknown origin
Cueing is usually spelled with an e, although cuing is also correct.
Do not confuse cue with queue. Cue means ‘a signal for action’ (
the announcement was a cue for the crowd to gather
) or ‘a long wooden rod’, whereas queue means ‘a line of people or vehicles’ (
I joined the end of the queue