sign

noun
\ ˈsīn How to pronounce sign (audio) \

Definition of sign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a motion or gesture by which a thought is expressed or a command or wish made known
c : a fundamental linguistic unit that designates an object or relation or has a purely syntactic function signs include words, morphemes, and punctuation
d : one of a set of gestures used to represent language also : sign language
2 : a mark having a conventional meaning and used in place of words or to represent a complex notion
3 : one of the 12 divisions of the zodiac
4a(1) : a character (such as a flat or sharp) used in musical notation
(2) : segno
b : a character (such as ÷) indicating a mathematical operation also : one of two characters + and − that form part of the symbol of a number and characterize it as positive or negative
5a : a display (such as a lettered board or a configuration of neon tubing) used to identify or advertise a place of business or a product
b : a posted command, warning, or direction
c : signboard
6a : something material or external that stands for or signifies something spiritual
b : something indicating the presence or existence of something else signs of success a sign of the times
c : presage, portent signs of an early spring
d : an objective evidence of plant or animal disease
7 plural usually sign : traces of a usually wild animal red fox sign

sign

verb
signed; signing; signs

Definition of sign (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

b : to place a sign on or mark by signs sign a trail
c : to represent or indicate by a sign
2a : to affix a signature to : ratify or attest by hand or seal sign a bill into law sign a confession
b : to assign or convey formally signed over his property to his brother
c : to write down (one's name)
d : to affix one's name to a signed review
3 : to communicate by making a sign or by sign language
4 : to engage or hire by securing the signature of on a contract of employment often used with up or on

intransitive verb

1 : to write one's name in token of assent, responsibility, or obligation signed for the packages signed with the team for one season
2a : to make a sign or signal
b : to use sign language

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Other Words from sign

Verb

signee \ ˌsī-​ˈnē How to pronounce sign (audio) \ noun
signer \ ˈsī-​nər How to pronounce sign (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for sign

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun

sign, mark, token, note, symptom mean a discernible indication of what is not itself directly perceptible. sign applies to any indication to be perceived by the senses or the reason. encouraging signs for the economy mark suggests something impressed on or inherently characteristic of a thing often in contrast to general outward appearance. a mark of a good upbringing token applies to something that serves as a proof of something intangible. this gift is a token of our esteem note suggests a distinguishing mark or characteristic. a note of irony in her writing symptom suggests an outward indication of an internal change or condition. rampant crime is a symptom of that city's decay

Examples of sign in a Sentence

Noun The sign in the store window says “OPEN.” After you get off the highway, follow the signs for Route 25. He ran the stop sign. There was a “For Sale” sign on the car. All the signs point to him as the guilty party. She ignored me, which was a sure sign that she was mad at me. “The company called me in for a second interview.” “That's a good sign.” It was a bad sign that he couldn't walk on the injured leg. There are plenty of warning signs that the company is in danger of bankruptcy. They bowed before the king as a sign of respect. Verb Sign your name on the bottom line. She met with fans and signed autographs. Please sign at the bottom of the application. You forgot to sign the document. He was forced to sign the confession. The contract was signed by both parties. The author will be signing copies of his books today. The contract should be signed, sealed, and delivered by tomorrow. The team signed the pitcher to a three-year contract. He is signed to a three-year contract.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Making that sign-up process as quick and easy as possible is also important. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Bring Covid Vaccines Door to Door," 16 Apr. 2021 Fast-food restaurants, like McDonald’s, are also offering sign-on bonuses. al, "Help Wanted: Alabama restaurants and hospitality industry scrambles to find workers," 15 Apr. 2021 As vaccines became available, New Mexico instituted a centralized sign-up system with the help of the software company Real Time Solutions, based in Albuquerque. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "New Mexico Leads The U.S. In Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout," 15 Apr. 2021 Last week, Uber announced $250 million in sign-up bonuses and other perks to lure more drivers. Dee-ann Durbin, USA TODAY, "Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise has company actively luring drivers," 14 Apr. 2021 Perhaps most importantly, though, Deaf people critically need vaccine sign-up, consent and education materials in ASL. Sara Novic, CNN, "I was fortunate to get my vaccination, but the hurdles are too great for many other Deaf people," 13 Apr. 2021 Last week, Uber announced $250 million in sign-up bonuses and other perks to lure more drivers. CBS News, "Uber offers $250 million in bonuses and perks to lure drivers," 12 Apr. 2021 For cost information specific to your location, use the company's quick sign-up tool to get a free quote. Better Homes & Gardens, "Lemonade Homeowners Insurance Review (2021)," 9 Apr. 2021 The special sign-up opportunity for Affordable Care Act plans will be available until Aug. 15. BostonGlobe.com, "More than a half million Americans gain coverage under Biden," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are reports that the Loons are in talks to sign Argentine winger Franco Fragapane and French striker Adrien Hunou. Star Tribune, "Minnesota United is only getter better," 17 Apr. 2021 New recruits were asked to abide by a social media policy and to sign both a non-disclosure agreement and a release of liability. oregonlive, "How an active duty airman tried to start a civil war," 17 Apr. 2021 Hogan, who opposes the tax, is expected to sign the emergency bill. Liz Farmer, Forbes, "Maryland To Delay Digital Advertising Tax As The Lawsuits Keep Coming," 17 Apr. 2021 However your designer charges, expect to sign a letter of agreement before beginning any work and expect to pay a professional retainer fee. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Beach-loving family lives small while living large in Carlsbad mobile home," 17 Apr. 2021 Along with Bishop, Texas also signed Kentucky guard Devin Askew and is expected to sign Utah swingman Timmy Allen. San Antonio Express-News, "Creighton forward Christian Bishop transferring to Texas," 16 Apr. 2021 All-American originally committed to Arizona before an FBI investigation into his recruiter led him instead to sign with Villanova. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Nate Oats: Alabama has been on ‘positive side’ of transfer portal," 16 Apr. 2021 Benson noted Michigan voters currently must sign an application. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Benson: Michigan voting bills more restrictive than Georgia," 16 Apr. 2021 President Biden is set to sign an executive order keeping the refugee admissions cap for this year at a record-low 15,000, but eliminating Trump administration restrictions on which types of refugees qualify under that cap. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Biden to Keep Refugee Limit at Record Low but Scrap Restrictions Set by Trump," 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sign

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for sign

Noun

Middle English signe, from Anglo-French, from Latin signum mark, token, sign, image, seal; perhaps akin to Latin secare to cut — more at saw

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French signer, from Latin signare to mark, sign, seal, from signum

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The first known use of sign was in the 13th century

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19 Apr 2021

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“Sign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sign. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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sign

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of paper, wood, etc., with words or pictures on it that gives information about something
: something (such as an action or event) which shows that something else exists, is true, or will happen
: a motion, action, or movement that you use to express a thought, command, or wish

sign

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sign (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write (your name) on something
: to write your name on (something) especially to show that you accept, agree with, or will be responsible for something
: to hire (someone) to do something especially by having that person sign a contract

sign

noun
\ ˈsīn How to pronounce sign (audio) \

Kids Definition of sign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a motion, action, or movement of the hand that means something The teacher made a sign for them to be quiet.
2 : a public notice that advertises something or gives information a stop sign
3 : something that indicates what is present or is to come the first signs of spring
4 : a symbol (as + or ÷) indicating a mathematical operation
5 : one of the twelve parts of the zodiac

sign

verb
signed; signing

Kids Definition of sign (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a signature on to show acceptance, agreement, or responsibility His boss signed the order form.
2 : to communicate by using sign language
3 : to represent or show by a motion, action, or movement
4 : to make or place a sign on
sign up
: to sign someone's name in order to get, do, or take something I signed up to go.

sign

noun
\ ˈsīn How to pronounce sign (audio) \

Medical Definition of sign

1 : one of a set of gestures used to represent language
2 : an objective evidence of disease especially as observed and interpreted by the physician rather than by the patient or lay observer narrow retinal vessels are a sign of arteriosclerosis — see brudzinski sign, chvostek's sign, homans' sign, kernig sign, physical sign, placental sign, romberg's sign, tinel's sign, vital signs, von graefe's sign — compare symptom

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Legal Definition of sign

1 : to affix a signature to : ratify or attest by hand or seal sign a bill into law specifically : to write or mark something (as a signature) on (a document) as an acknowledgment of one's intention to be bound by it
2 : to assign or convey formally signed the property over to his brother

Other Words from sign

signer noun

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