sign


sign
sign [sīn]
n.
[ME signe < OFr < L signum, a mark, token, prob. < base of secare, to cut (see SAW1): orig. sense prob. “incised mark”]
1. something that indicates a fact, quality, etc.; indication; token [black as a sign of mourning]
2.
a) a gesture or motion that conveys information, gives a command, etc. [a nod as a sign of approval]
b) any of the gestures used in sign language
c) SIGN LANGUAGE (sense 2)
3. a mark or symbol having an accepted and specific meaning, as the sign ¢ for cent(s)
4. any linguistic unit, as a word, letter, etc., that is the symbol of an idea, function, etc.
5. a publicly displayed board, placard, etc. bearing information, advertising, a warning, etc.
6. anything marking the trail of an animal, as footprints
7. any visible trace or indication [the signs of spring]
8.
a) an act or happening regarded as a manifestation of divine will or power
b) an omen; portent
9. SIGN OF THE ZODIAC
10. Med. an objective indication or symptom of a disease
vt.
1. to mark with a sign, esp. with the sign of the cross, as in blessing
2. to write one's name on, as in acknowledging authorship, authorizing action, etc.
3. to write (one's name) as a signature
4. to engage by written contract; sign on
5. Now Rare to indicate or express by a sign; signal
6. to communicate (thoughts, ideas, etc.) by using the sign language of the deaf
vi.
1. to write one's signature, as in attesting or confirming something
2. to make a sign; signal; also, specif., to use the sign language of the deaf
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sign away or sign over
to abandon or transfer title to (something) by or as by signing a document; convey
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sign in (or out)
to sign a register on arrival (or departure)
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sign off
1. to announce the end of broadcasting, as for the day, and stop transmitting
2. Slang to stop talking
3. SIGN OFF ON (see phrase below)
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sign off on
to approve (a plan, statement, etc.) [the mayor signed off on the budget figures]
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sign on
to engage (oneself or others) for employment; hire or be hired, esp. by a signed agreement
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sign up
1. SIGN ON
2. to enlist, enroll, etc.
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under the Sign of [also s-]
Astrol. during that portion of the year when the sun is passing through and thus subject to the influence of (a specified sign of the zodiac) [born under the Sign of Leo]
signer
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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