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1 sign

A perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened):
— He showed signs of strain.
— They welcomed the signs of spring.

synonym: mark.

Roget 872: prodigy, phenomenon; wonder, wonderment; marvel, miracle; monster etc. (unconformity) 83; curiosity, lion, sight, spectacle; ... show more

Dutch: teken

2 sign

A public display of a message.

Dutch: bord, paneel, schild

3 sign

Any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message:
— Signals from the boat suddenly stopped.

synonyms: signal, signaling.

Polish: sygnaƂ

4 sign

Structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted:
— The highway was lined with signboards.

synonym: signboard.

Roget 550: indication; symbolism, symbolization; semiology, semiotics, semeiology, semeiotics; Zeitgeist.    [means of recognition: property] characteristic, diagnostic; lineament, feature, ... show more

Dutch: uithangbord

5 sign

astrology One of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided.

synonyms: house, mansion, planetary house, sign of the zodiac, star sign.

Dutch: zodiacteken
Polish: znak zodiaku

6 sign

medicine Any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease.

Polish: zwiastun

7 sign

Having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges):
— Charges of opposite sign.

synonym: polarity.

8 sign

An event that is experienced as indicating important things to come:
— It was a sign from God.

synonyms: augury, foretoken, preindication.

Roget 512: omen, portent, presage, prognostic, augury, auspice; sign etc. (indication) 550; harbinger etc. (precursor) 64; ... show more

9 sign

A gesture that is part of a sign language.

Dutch: bord, gebaar, gebarentaal, geste, ik heb dorst, teken, wenk
Polish: mig

10 sign

A fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified.

11 sign

A character indicating a relation between quantities.

Polish: symbol matematyczny, znak matematyczny


1 sign

Mark with one's signature; write one's name (on):
— She signed the letter and sent it off.
— Please sign here.

synonym: subscribe.

Roget 771: give security, give bail, give substantial bail; go bail; pawn, impawn, spout, mortgage, hypothecate, impignorate.    guarantee, warrant, warrantee, assure; ... show more

Roget 769: contract, covenant, agree for; engage etc. (promise) 768.    treat, negotiate, stipulate, make terms; bargain etc. (barter) ... show more

Roget 551: record; put on record, place on record; chronicle, calendar, hand down to posterity; keep up the memory etc. (remember) 505; commemorate etc. (celebrate) ... show more

Roget 590: write, pen; copy, engross; write out, write out fair; transcribe; scribble, scrawl, scrabble, scratch; interline; stain paper; write down ... show more

2 sign

Approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation:
— Have you signed your contract yet?.

synonym: ratify.

Roget 467: be evidence etc. n.; evince, show, betoken, tell of; indicate etc. (denote) 550; imply, involve, ... show more

Dutch: bekrachtigen, ondertekenen, ratificeren, signeren, tekenen

3 sign

Be engaged by a written agreement.

4 sign

Engage by written agreement:
— They signed two new pitchers for the next season.

synonyms: contract, sign on, sign up.

Dutch: contracteren

5 sign

Communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs:
— He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture.
— The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu.

synonyms: signal, signalise, signalize.

Roget 550: indicate; be the sign etc. n.. of; denote, betoken; argue, testify etc. (evidence) 467; bear the impress etc. ... show more

Dutch: seinen

6 sign

Place signs, as along a road.

7 sign

Communicate in sign language.

Dutch: seinen

8 sign

Make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate.

synonym: bless.


1 sign

Used of the language of the deaf.

synonyms: gestural, sign-language, signed.

Moby thesaurus: OK, Roman candle, abandon, abnormality, accent, accent mark, accept, accredit, acute disease, adumbration, advertisement, affection, affirm, affliction, agent, agree on terms, aid to navigation, ailment, alarm, allergic disease ... show more.

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