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signpost

noun [C] uk   /ˈsaɪn.pəʊst/ us    /-poʊst/

signpost noun [C] (ROAD SIGN)

B1 a pole at the side of a road, especially at a point where two or more roads meet, that gives information about routes and distances: The signpost said 'London 18 miles'.

signpost noun [C] (SHOW FUTURE)

something that shows what is going to happen, or what should happen, in the future: This upturn in the country's economy is a splendid signpost to the future.

signpost

verb uk   /ˈsaɪn.pəʊst/ us    /-poʊst/

signpost verb (ROAD SIGN)

[T usually passive] to show the direction of something on a signpost: The road wasn't very well signposted (= provided with signposts). We found where we were going very easily, because it was signposted (= the direction was shown by signposts) all the way.

signpost verb (SHOW FUTURE)

[T] to show clearly how something is going to develop: The early chapters of the book signpost what is going to happen further on.
(Definition of signpost from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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