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Definition of "sign" []

  • Something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality. (noun)
  • An act or gesture used to convey an idea, a desire, information, or a command: gave the go-ahead sign. (noun)
  • Sign language. (noun)
  • A displayed structure bearing lettering or symbols, used to identify or advertise a place of business: a motel with a flashing neon sign outside. (noun)
  • A posted notice bearing a designation, direction, or command: an EXIT sign above a door; a traffic sign. (noun)
  • Something that indicates or acts as a token of a fact, condition, etc, that is not immediately or outwardly observable (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An action or gesture intended to convey information, a command, etc (noun)
  • A board, placard, etc, displayed in public and inscribed with words or designs intended to inform, warn, etc (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • An arbitrary or conventional mark or device that stands for a word, phrase, etc (noun)
  • Any symbol indicating an operation (noun)
  • The positivity or negativity of a number, quantity, or expression (noun)
  • An indication or vestige (noun)
  • A portentous or significant event (noun)
  • An indication, such as a scent or spoor, of the presence of an animal (noun)
  • Any objective evidence of the presence of a disease or disorder (noun)
  • To write (one's name) as a signature to (a document, etc) in attestation, confirmation, ratification, etc (verb)
  • To make a sign; signal (verb)
  • To engage or be engaged by written agreement, as a player for a team, etc (verb)
  • To outline in gestures a sign over, esp the sign of the cross (verb)
  • To indicate by or as if by a sign; betoken (verb)
  • To use sign language (verb)

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Use "sign" in a sentence
  • "MARY WARREN, her sobs beginning: He wake me every night, his eyes were like coals and his fingers claw my neck, and I sign, I sign…"
  • "I. ii.32 (164,2) She's a good sign] [W: shine] There is acuteness enough in this note, yet I believe the poet meant nothing by _sign_, but _fair outward_ shew."
  • "Did you know the average Obama sign is about four inches longer than the average McCain sign?"