signpost

noun
sign·​post | \ ˈsīn-ˌpōst How to pronounce signpost (audio) \

Definition of signpost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a post (as at the fork of a road) with signs on it to direct travelers
2 : guide, beacon

signpost

verb
signposted; signposting; signposts

Definition of signpost (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or as if with signposts or guides

Examples of signpost in a Sentence

Noun

The signpost says it is 10 miles to the city.

Verb

The road from here to London is well signposted.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are three undeniable signposts of summer: rosé, excellent sales, and all-important pool floats. Glamour, "The Mother of All Pool Floats Is Shaped Like a Rosé Bottle—and It's Only $19," 23 June 2019 Scott is one of many North American indigenous designers recontextualizing their cultural signposts with the craftsmanship skills their forebears have perfected for centuries. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How These Shapely Statement Earrings Celebrate Coast Salish Culture," 13 Mar. 2019 Hardly a week goes by without fresh signposts that our self-driving future is just around the corner. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Driverless Hype Collides With Merciless Reality," 13 Sep. 2018 This allows riders to lock the bike to a rack or signpost at the end of their trip. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s new Jump e-bikes are easier to charge and harder to vandalize," 18 Dec. 2018 Those signposts—the estimated level of unemployment consistent with stable inflation, and the neutral interest rate—have both been revised lower in recent years. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed Vice Chairman Signals December Rate Increase, Notes Subdued Inflation," 27 Nov. 2018 Brown’s order is a signpost and an inspiration, a clear vision of where the state needs to go. David Roberts, Vox, "California Gov. Jerry Brown casually drops history’s most ambitious climate target," 11 Sep. 2018 The two-hour, intermission-free performance during which each concerto is identified by a signpost held up by a colorfully clad Lav Crnčević starts out intriguingly. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Six Brandenburg Concertos’ Review: Falling Short of Bach," 5 Oct. 2018 For Drury, being drafted is one major signpost on a hockey career just getting started. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Winnetka's Jack Drury, 'the ultimate teammate,' has a future with Carolina Hurricanes," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From Poland to Colombia to Australia, thousands of young people have spent their Fridays striking in the name of climate change, signposting their activism with the hashtag #FridaysforFuture. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "These young activists are striking to save their planet from climate change," 13 Mar. 2019 First, be warned that Simple includes a not-so-simple code in which different letters signpost different qualities in the recipes. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Putting Ottolenghi’s New Cookbook, Simple, to the Test," 4 Oct. 2018 In this decade, when a TV show has done an episode satirizing rom-com tropes, the way Community or Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 did over the course of their runs, those episodes have usually involved signposting a fake relationship. Constance Grady, Vox, "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before," 25 Aug. 2018 The caves are signposted with warnings to not enter near the monsoon season. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "Divers rescue more boys from flooded Thailand cave, raising total saved to eight, while four boys and coach remain trapped," 9 July 2018 These are the kind of choices that signpost personality. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Miss America Gets to Dress Herself," 9 June 2018 In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers may have found a hormone that signposts autism by studying rhesus macaque monkeys. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists May Have Found a Signpost for Autism in Monkeys," 6 May 2018 Younger audiences might be aghast at some of the old-school sexist attitudes that prevailed at the time, and the filmmakers do a great job at using this one-of-a-kind event to signpost certain advances through the prism of the sports world. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Battle of the Sexes': Film Review | Telluride 2017," 3 Sep. 2017 If you're headed for a small or midsize town, know which big city is nearby (and most likely to be signposted) to keep you headed in the right direction. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Rick Steves: How to survive a European road trip," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of signpost

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1884, in the meaning defined above

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signpost

noun

English Language Learners Definition of signpost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sign beside a road showing the direction and distance to a place

signpost

verb

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

chiefly British : to provide (something) with signposts or guides

signpost

noun
sign·​post | \ ˈsīn-ˌpōst How to pronounce signpost (audio) \

Kids Definition of signpost

: a post with a sign or signs (as for directing travelers)

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