take (something) as a sign


: to believe that something (such as an action or event) shows that something else exists, is true, or will happen
When it started to rain, we took it as a sign that we should go home.

Examples of take (something) as a sign in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The apartment is also filled with meaningful tokens, at the suggestion of Yeun, like fortunes from fortune cookies and sayings on tea bags that Danny would take as a sign of some sort. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 18 Apr. 2023 So far, Li’s account on Weibo is still visible, which many take as a sign of his safety since previously public figures who have drawn the ire of the government, including Viya, had their social media accounts erased quickly. Jane Li, Quartz, 6 June 2022 There’s also evidence that the Olorgesailie residents were using pigments, which anthropologists often take as a sign of symbolic communication. Eva Botkin-Kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Oct. 2020

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“Take (something) as a sign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20%28something%29%20as%20a%20sign. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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