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I UK [saɪn] / US noun
Word forms "sign":
singular sign plural signs
1) [countable/uncountable] a piece of evidence that something is happening or that something exists
sure sign:

She began tapping her foot, a sure sign of annoyance.

sign that:

He had somehow missed the signs that she was upset.

no/little etc sign:

There were few signs of an upturn in the economy.

sign of:

I couldn't see any sign of progress.

see/take something as a sign:

Ann took his silence as a sign of rejection.

show no/little/every etc sign:

Interest rates show no sign of falling.

a) something that suggests that a good or bad thing will happen in the future

The fact that he phoned you is a good sign.

warning/danger sign:

Looking back now, I realize I failed to spot the warning signs.

a sign of things to come (= a sign of what will happen in the future):

Recent job losses are probably a sign of things to come.

b) evidence that someone is present
sign of:

When we came out of the station there was no sign of her.


Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with sign
▪  clear, encouraging, hopeful, ominous, positive, sure, telltale, visible
2) [countable] a flat object with words or pictures on it, put in a public place to provide information or advertise something

a flashing neon sign

The shop had a "closed" sign in the window.

follow the signs:

Turn right and follow the signs to the zoo.

obey/ignore a sign:

Several people were ignoring the no-smoking sign.

3)
a) [countable] a movement or sound that you make that tells other people what you want, how you feel, what they should do etc
a sign to someone (to do something):

Mandy winked, our sign to each other to remain silent.

b) a movement that you make with your hands that has a special meaning
give a sign:

He turned and gave the familiar thumbs-up sign to the crowd.

4) [countable] a written symbol that has a particular meaning, such as % meaning "per cent" or $ meaning "dollar"

a pound sign

a multiplication/division sign

5) [countable] a star sign

I'm a Scorpio. What sign are you?


II UK [saɪn] / US verb
Word forms "sign":
present tense I/you/we/they sign he/she/it signs present participle signing past tense signed past participle signed
1) [intransitive/transitive] to write your name on something in your own personal way

Just sign here.

You haven't signed Rory's birthday card yet.

sign an autograph:

Players from both teams were signing autographs before the game.

a) to write your full name on a document to show that you agree with what is written in it

Please sign and date the form.

The contract must be signed before we can proceed with the work.

sign something with someone:

The team has signed a special agreement with the players.

b) if a group or country signs a document, its official representatives sign it to agree to what it says

The rebels have now signed the ceasefire agreement.

A trade agreement was signed today by the US and China.

2) sign or sign up
[transitive] to officially employ someone to work for a particular organization

The team needs to sign several replacement players.

sign someone to/for something:

Within months, the group was signed to a major record company.

3) [intransitive/transitive] to communicate using sign language
Phrasal verbs:
See:

English dictionary. 2014.

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