Meaning of “sign” in the English Dictionary

"sign" in British English

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signverb

uk /saɪn/ us /saɪn/

sign verb (WRITE)

B1 [ I or T ] to write your name, usually on a written or printed document, to show that you agree with its contents or have written or created it yourself:

Sign here, please.
He signed his name at the end of the letter.
[ + obj + noun ] He signed himself "Mark Taylor".
She said the painting was by Picasso, but it wasn't signed.

[ T ] in sport, to make a legal written agreement to employ a player:

The team has just signed a new player.

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signnoun [ C ]

uk /saɪn/ us /saɪn/

sign noun [ C ] (NOTICE)

A2 a notice giving information, directions, a warning, etc.:

a road sign
a shop sign

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sign noun [ C ] (BODY MOVEMENT)

B1 a movement of the body that gives information or an instruction:

She pointed to her watch as a sign that it was getting late and she wanted to leave.
He made/gave a sign to his boyfriend to stop talking.
The priest made the sign of the cross (= made the shape of a cross by moving his hand between four points on his chest) when he entered the church.
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sign noun [ C ] (SHOWING)

B1 something showing that something else exists or might happen or exist in the future:

His inability to handle the situation is a sure sign of weakness.
[ + that ] The fact that he's eating more is a sign that he's feeling better.
I've searched for my hat, but there's no sign of it anywhere (= I can't find it).
There was no sign of life in the building (= there seemed to be no one in it).
Billy's work at school has shown signs of improvement this year.
There is every sign that/All the signs are that the worst is over.
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sign noun [ C ] (MARK)

B2 a written or printed mark that has a standard meaning:

+ and - are mathematical signs.
£ is the sign for the British pound.

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(Definition of “sign” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sign" in American English

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signnoun [ C ]

us /sɑɪn/

sign noun [ C ] (MARK)

a written or printed mark that has a standard meaning:

The symbol for subtraction is the minus sign.

sign noun [ C ] (PUBLIC INFORMATION)

a device that gives information to people who see it:

a stop sign
A neon sign marked the entrance to the parking garage.

sign noun [ C ] (BODY MOVEMENT)

a movement of the hands or body that gives information or an instruction:

He kept giving me the cut-throat sign to end the speech.

sign noun [ C ] (SIGNAL)

a signal that something exists or that shows what might happen in the future:

She was at least sharing her problems with me, and that was a sign of progress.
There was nobody in the place, and I thought that was a bad sign.
There are signs that he is thinking of running for president.

signverb

us /sɑɪn/

sign verb (WRITE)

[ I/T ] to write your name on a document to show that you agree with it or that you have written it yourself:

[ I ] Please sign for the package when it arrives (= write your name on a form to show that you have received it).

[ I/T ] If an organization signs someone, that person has officially become a member of the organization by agreeing to a contract:

[ T ] The team signed four new players this week.

sign verb (COMMUNICATE)

to communicate by using hand movements:

[ + that clause ] He signed that he’d be ready in five minutes.

(Definition of “sign” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sign" in Business English

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signverb

uk /saɪn/ us

[ I or T ] to write your name, usually on a written or printed document, for example to show that you agree with its contents or have written or created it yourself:

sign a contract/agreement/declaration We've already agreed the details and I just need to sign a contract.
Please sign your name below if you are available to help.
Sign here please.
signed and sealed also signed, sealed, and delivered

finished and official because all the necessary documents have been signed:

The project can start now that the contract has been signed and sealed.
sign on the dotted line

to agree to do something, especially by signing an agreement:

Many people sign on the dotted line without reading their policy documents.

signnoun [ C ]

uk /saɪn/ us

a flat object giving information, directions, a warning, etc.:

The store had a handwritten sign in the window.
A sign advertising the closing-down sale was clearly visible from the road.
road/shop/street signs

a written or printed mark that has a standard meaning:

+ is the plus sign and % is the percentage sign.

something that shows that something else exists or might happen or exist in the future:

a sign of sth His inability to handle the situation is a sure sign of weakness.
a sign that There are signs that the economy is improving
Neither side is showing signs of backing down.
All the signs are that the worst is over.

(Definition of “sign” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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