- sign */*/*/
- I UK [saɪn] / US
Word forms "sign":
singular sign plural signs1) [countable/uncountable] a piece of evidence that something is happening or that something existssure sign:sign that:
She began tapping her foot, a sure sign of annoyance.no/little etc sign:
He had somehow missed the signs that she was upset.sign of:
There were few signs of an upturn in the economy.see/take something as a sign:
I couldn't see any sign of progress.show no/little/every etc sign:
Ann took his silence as a sign of rejection.
Interest rates show no sign of falling.a) something that suggests that a good or bad thing will happen in the futurewarning/danger sign:
The fact that he phoned you is a good sign.a sign of things to come (= a sign of what will happen in the future):
Looking back now, I realize I failed to spot the warning signs.
Recent job losses are probably a sign of things to come.b) evidence that someone is presentsign of:
When we came out of the station there was no sign of her.•
Adjectives frequently used with sign
▪ clear, encouraging, hopeful, ominous, positive, sure, telltale, visible2) [countable] a flat object with words or pictures on it, put in a public place to provide information or advertise something
a flashing neon signfollow the signs:
The shop had a "closed" sign in the window.obey/ignore a sign:
Turn right and follow the signs to the zoo.
Several people were ignoring the no-smoking sign.3)a) [countable] a movement or sound that you make that tells other people what you want, how you feel, what they should do etca sign to someone (to do something):
Mandy winked, our sign to each other to remain silent.b) a movement that you make with your hands that has a special meaninggive a sign:
He turned and gave the familiar thumbs-up sign to the crowd.4) [countable] a written symbol that has a particular meaning, such as % meaning "per cent" or $ meaning "dollar"
a pound sign
a multiplication/division sign5) [countable] a star sign
I'm a Scorpio. What sign are you?•
II UK [saɪn] / US verb
Word forms "sign":
present tense I/you/we/they sign he/she/it signs present participle signing past tense signed past participle signed1) [intransitive/transitive] to write your name on something in your own personal way
Just sign here.sign an autograph:
You haven't signed Rory's birthday card yet.
Players from both teams were signing autographs before the game.a) to write your full name on a document to show that you agree with what is written in it
Please sign and date the form.sign something with someone:
The contract must be signed before we can proceed with the work.
The team has signed a special agreement with the players.b) if a group or country signs a document, its official representatives sign it to agree to what it says
The rebels have now signed the ceasefire agreement.
A trade agreement was signed today by the US and China.2) sign or sign up[transitive] to officially employ someone to work for a particular organizationsign someone to/for something:
The team needs to sign several replacement players.
Within months, the group was signed to a major record company.3) [intransitive/transitive] to communicate using sign language•- sign for- sign in- sign off- sign on- sign out- sign upSee:
English dictionary. 2014.