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sign

sign - Dictionary definition and meaning for word sign

Definition
(noun) a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
Synonyms : mark
Example Sentence
  • he showed signs of strain
  • they welcomed the signs of spring

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(noun) a public display of a message
Example Sentence
  • he posted signs in all the shop windows

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(noun) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
Synonyms : signal , signaling
Example Sentence
  • signals from the boat suddenly stopped

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(noun) structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
Synonyms : signboard
Example Sentence
  • the highway was lined with signboards

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(noun) (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
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(noun) (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
Example Sentence
  • there were no signs of asphyxiation

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(noun) having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
Synonyms : polarity
Example Sentence
  • he got the polarity of the battery reversed
  • charges of opposite sign

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(noun) an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come
Synonyms : augury , foretoken , preindication
Example Sentence
  • he hoped it was an augury
  • it was a sign from God

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(noun) a gesture that is part of a sign language
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(noun) a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
Example Sentence
  • The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary

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(noun) a character indicating a relation between quantities
Example Sentence
  • don't forget the minus sign

Definition
(verb) mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
Synonyms : subscribe
Example Sentence
  • She signed the letter and sent it off
  • Please sign here

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(verb) approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
Synonyms : ratify
Example Sentence
  • All parties ratified the peace treaty
  • Have you signed your contract yet?

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(verb) be engaged by a written agreement
Example Sentence
  • He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18
  • The soprano signed to sing the new opera

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(verb) engage by written agreement
Synonyms : contract , sign on , sign up
Example Sentence
  • They signed two new pitchers for the next season

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(verb) communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs
Synonyms : signal , signalise , signalize
Example Sentence
  • He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture
  • The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu

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(verb) place signs, as along a road
Example Sentence
  • sign an intersection
  • This road has been signed

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(verb) communicate in sign language
Example Sentence
  • I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin

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(verb) make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate
Synonyms : bless

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(adj) used of the language of the deaf
Synonyms : gestural , sign-language , signed

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