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Meaning & Definition of Sign in English

English

Sign

/saɪn/

noun

1. A perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)

  • "He showed signs of strain"
  • "They welcomed the signs of spring"
    synonym:
  • sign
  • ,
  • mark

2. A public display of a message

  • "He posted signs in all the shop windows"
    synonym:
  • sign

3. Any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

  • "Signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
    synonym:
  • signal
  • ,
  • signaling
  • ,
  • sign

4. Structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted

  • "The highway was lined with signboards"
    synonym:
  • signboard
  • ,
  • sign

5. (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

    synonym:
  • sign of the zodiac
  • ,
  • star sign
  • ,
  • sign
  • ,
  • mansion
  • ,
  • house
  • ,
  • planetary house

6. (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease

  • "There were no signs of asphyxiation"
    synonym:
  • sign

7. Having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)

  • "He got the polarity of the battery reversed"
  • "Charges of opposite sign"
    synonym:
  • polarity
  • ,
  • sign

8. An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come

  • "He hoped it was an augury"
  • "It was a sign from god"
    synonym:
  • augury
  • ,
  • sign
  • ,
  • foretoken
  • ,
  • preindication

9. A gesture that is part of a sign language

    synonym:
  • sign

10. A fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified

  • "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de saussure
    synonym:
  • sign

11. A character indicating a relation between quantities

  • "Don't forget the minus sign"
    synonym:
  • sign

verb

1. Mark with one's signature

  • Write one's name (on)
  • "She signed the letter and sent it off"
  • "Please sign here"
    synonym:
  • sign
  • ,
  • subscribe

2. Approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation

  • "All parties ratified the peace treaty"
  • "Have you signed your contract yet?"
    synonym:
  • sign
  • ,
  • ratify

3. Be engaged by a written agreement

  • "He signed to play the casino on dec. 18"
  • "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
    synonym:
  • sign

4. Engage by written agreement

  • "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
    synonym:
  • sign
  • ,
  • contract
  • ,
  • sign on
  • ,
  • sign up

5. Communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs

  • "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"
  • "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
    synonym:
  • sign
  • ,
  • signal
  • ,
  • signalize
  • ,
  • signalise

6. Place signs, as along a road

  • "Sign an intersection"
  • "This road has been signed"
    synonym:
  • sign

7. Communicate in sign language

  • "I don't know how to sign, so i could not communicate with my deaf cousin"
    synonym:
  • sign

8. Make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on god for protection

  • Consecrate
    synonym:
  • bless
  • ,
  • sign

adjective

1. Used of the language of the deaf

    synonym:
  • gestural
  • ,
  • sign(a)
  • ,
  • signed
  • ,
  • sign-language(a)

Examples of using

"Mom, you need to sign this." "Let me read it." "No, it's okay. You don't have to."
Please sign here.
You can't park here, because there is a sign