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  • 2 the government signed the agreement
    endorse, validate, certify, authenticate, sanction, authorize; agree to, approve, ratify, adopt, give one's approval to
    informal give something the go-ahead, give something the green light, give something the thumbs up
  • 3 he signed his name
    write, inscribe, pen


sign on/up

  • 1.1 I signed up with Will's committee to raise money for the school library
    enlist, take a job, join (up), enroll, register, volunteer

sign over

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sign, augury, indication, manifestation, omen, signal, symptom, token
What's the difference between a sign and a signal? The former (in this sense) is a general term for anything that gives evidence of an event, a mood, a quality of character, a mental or physical state, or a trace of something ( a sign of approaching rain ; a sign of good breeding ; a sign that someone has entered the house ). While a sign may be involuntary or even unconscious, a signal is always voluntary and is usually deliberate. A ship that shows signs of distress may or may not be in trouble; but one that sends a distress signal is definitely in need of help. Indication, like sign, is a comprehensive term for anything that serves to indicate or point out ( he gave no indication that he was lying ). A manifestation is an outward or perceptible indication of something ( the letter was a manifestation of his guilt ), and a symptom is an indication of a diseased condition ( a symptom of pneumonia ). An object that proves the existence of something abstract is called a token ( she gave him a locket as a token of her love ). Omen and augury both pertain to foretelling future events, with augury being the general term for a prediction of the future and omen being a definite sign foretelling good or evil ( they regarded the stormy weather as a bad omen ).

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