Sign definitions

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Something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality.

A high temperature is a sign of fever.

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A conventional figure or device that stands for a word, phrase, or operation; a symbol, as in mathematics or in musical notation.
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An indicator, such as a dropping or footprint, of the trail of an animal.

Looking for deer sign.

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A trace or vestige.

No sign of life.

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A portentous incident or event; a presage.

Took the eclipse as a sign from God.

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An objective finding, usually detected on physical examination, from a laboratory test, or on an x-ray, that indicates the presence of abnormality or disease.
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One of the 12 divisions of the zodiac, each named for a constellation and represented by a symbol.
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To affix one's signature to.

Signed the letter.

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To write (one's signature).

Signed her name to the contract.

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To use sign language.
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To write one's signature.
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To approve or ratify (a document) by affixing a signature, seal, or other mark.

Sign a bill into law.

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To hire or engage by obtaining a signature on a contract.

Signed a rookie pitcher for next season; sign up actors for a tour.

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To relinquish or transfer title to by signature.

Signed away all her claims to the estate.

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To provide with a sign or signs.

Sign a new highway.

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To communicate with a sign or signs.

Signed his approval with a nod.

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To express (a word or thought, for example) by sign language.

Signed her reply to the question.

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Something that indicates a fact, quality, etc.; indication; token.

Black as a sign of mourning.

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To consecrate with the sign of the cross.
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A mark or symbol having an accepted and specific meaning.

¢ is the sign for cent(s)

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To make a sign or signs; signal.
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Any linguistic unit, as a word, letter, etc., that is the symbol of an idea, function, etc.
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A publicly displayed board, placard, etc. bearing information, advertising, a warning, etc.
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Anything marking the trail of an animal, as footprints.
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Any visible trace or indication.

The signs of spring.

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An objective indication or symptom of a disease.
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To write one's signature, as in attesting or confirming something.
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To make a sign; signal; also, specif., to use the sign language of the deaf.
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To mark with a sign, esp. with the sign of the cross, as in blessing.
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To write one's name on, as in acknowledging authorship, authorizing action, etc.
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To write (one's name) as a signature.
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To engage by written contract; sign on.
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To indicate or express by a sign; signal.
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To communicate (thoughts, ideas, etc.) by using sign language.
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The definition of a sign is anything that shows a meaning, a mark used as an abbreviation or shortening of something, or a publicly displayed board.

An example of sign is a symbol from a loved one who has passed.

An example of sign is a thumbs up for a good job.

An example of sign is an advertisement for a sale.

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(sometimes also used uncountably) A visible indication.

Their angry expressions were a clear sign they didn't want to talk.

Those clouds show signs of raining soon.

Those clouds show little sign of raining soon.

Signs of disease are objective, whereas symptoms are subjective.

The hunters found deer sign at the end of the trail.

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A traffic sign.

I missed the sign at the corner so I took the wrong turn.

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Sign is defined as to put a written signature on something, to make with a signature or symbol or to communicate in sign language.

An example of sign is to put a signature on a job application.

An example of sign is to do the motions to, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

An example of sign is a member of the deaf community communicating with another member of the community.

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A clearly visible object, generally flat, bearing a short message in words or pictures.

The sign in the window advertised a room for rent.

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A meaningful gesture.

I gave them a thumbs-up sign.

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See at sign.
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Any of several specialized non-alphabetic symbols.

The sharp sign indicates that the pitch of the note is raised a half step.

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(medicine) A property of the body that indicates a disease and, unlike a symptom, is unlikely to be noticed by the patient.
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An objective finding, usually detected on physical examination, from a laboratory test, or on an x-ray, that indicates the presence of abnormality or disease.
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A body manifestation, usually detected on physical examination or through laboratory tests or xrays, that indicates the presence of abnormality or disease.
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A symbol that identifies a positive or negative number. In digital form, it is either a separate character or part of the byte. In ASCII, the sign is kept in a separate character typically transmitted in front of the number it represents(+ and - is 2B and 2D in hex).In EBCDIC, the minus sign can be stored as a separate byte (hex 60), or, more commonly, as half a byte (+ and - is C and D in hex), which is stored in the high-order bits of the least significant byte. For packed decimal, it is in the low-order bits of the least significant byte.
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(astrology) An astrological sign.

Your sign is Taurus? That's no surprise.

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A military emblem carried on a banner or standard.

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An act or gesture used to convey an idea, a desire, information, or a command.

Gave the go-ahead sign.

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Sign language.
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A displayed structure bearing lettering or symbols, used to identify or advertise a place of business.

A motel with a flashing neon sign outside.

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A posted notice bearing a designation, direction, or command.

An EXIT sign above a door; a traffic sign.

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A gesture or motion that conveys information, gives a command, etc.

A nod as a sign of approval.

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Any of the gestures used in sign language.
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An act or happening regarded as a manifestation of divine will or power.
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An omen; portent.
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(mathematics) Positive or negative polarity.

I got the magnitude right, but the sign was wrong.

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A specific gesture or motion used to communicate by those with speaking or hearing difficulties; now specifically, a linguistic unit in sign language equivalent to word in spoken languages.
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(uncountable) Sign language in general.

Sorry, I don't know sign very well.

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An omen.

"It's a sign of the end of the world," the doom prophet said.

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To make a mark.
  • (now rare) To seal (a document etc.) with an identifying seal or symbol. [from 13th c.].
    The Queen signed her letter with the regal signet.
  • To mark, to put or leave a mark on. [from 14th c.].
  • To validate or ratify (a document) by writing one's signature on it. [from 15th c.].
  • More generally, to write one's signature on (something) as a means of identification etc. [from 15th c.].
    I forgot to sign that letter to my aunt.
  • ( reflexive) To write (one's name) as a signature. [from 16th c.].
    Just sign your name at the bottom there.
    I received a letter from some woman who signs herself "˜Mrs Trellis'.
  • (intransitive) To write one's signature. [from 17th c.].
    Please sign on the dotted line.
  • (intransitive) To finalise a contractual agreement to work for a given sports team, record label etc. [from 19th c.].
  • To engage (a sports player, musician etc.) in a contract. [from 19th c.].
    It was a great month. I managed to sign three major players.
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To make the sign of the cross.
  • To bless (someone or something) with the sign of the cross; to mark with the sign of the cross. [from 14th c.].
  • (reflexive) To cross oneself. [from 15th c.].
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To indicate.
  • (intransitive) To communicate using a gesture or signal. [from 16th c.].
  • To communicate using gestures to (someone). [from 16th c.].
    He signed me that I should follow him through the doorway.
  • (intransitive) To use sign language. [from 19th c.].
  • To furnish (a road etc.) with signs. [from 20th c.].
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Origin of sign

From Anglo-Norman seigner, seiner et al., Old French signer et al., and their source, Latin signāre (“to mark, seal, indicate, signify"), from signum (“a mark, sign"); see Etymology 1, above. Compare sain.