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Synonyms of sign in English:


  • 1 flowers are often given as a sign of affection
  • 2 it may have been a sign of things to come
    promise, threat, hint
  • 3 Sir Edmund made a sign, and the soldiers followed him
    gesture, signal, wave, gesticulation, cue, nod;
    action, movement, motion;
  • 4 there were signs saying ‘keep out’
    placard, board, plate, pointer, arrow, marker, waymark, indicator;
    British informaladvert
  • 5 the dancers were daubed with signs which I assumed were messages to their gods
    symbol, mark, cipher, letter, character, numeral, figure, type, code, hieroglyph;
    signifier, ideogram, logogram, graph;
    rune, diacritic, representation, emblem, device, badge, insignia, arms, coat of arms, crest, logo;
    (signs)writing, hieroglyphics
  • verb

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  • 1 he signed the letter and put it in the envelope
    autograph, endorse, witness, initial, put one's mark on, countersign, re-sign;
    archaicunderwrite, style
  • 2 the government was unwilling to sign the agreement
    endorse, validate, certify, authenticate, authorize, sanction, legalize, put into effect, enact;
    agree to, approve, ratify, adopt, say yes to, give one's approval to, rubber-stamp
    informalgive something the go-ahead, give something the green light, OK, give something the OK, give something the thumbs up
    [Antonyms] repudiate
  • 3 he merely signed his name at the bottom
    write, inscribe, pen, pencil, scribble, scrawl, dash off, put, add
  • 4 we have signed a very talented player
    recruit, hire, engage, employ, take on, appoint, take into one's employ, take into employment, contract, put on the payroll, sign on/up, enrol, enlist
    datedtake into service
    [Antonyms] dismiss
  • 5 she then signed to Susan to leave
    gesture, signal, give a sign to, indicate, direct, motion, gesticulate;
  • Phrases

    sign away

    he had signed away the rights to his music for next to nothing
    relinquish, renounce, waive, give up, abandon, reject, surrender, yield, cede, hand over, turn over, do without, dispense with, set/put aside, abdicate, abjure, sacrifice, refuse, turn down, spurn

    sign on/up

    he signed on for a permanent career in the Air Force
    [Antonyms] resign
    enlist, take a job, sign, join (up), join the forces/services, enrol, register, volunteer, put one's name down, become a member
    datedtake service, go into service
    archaictake the King's/Queen's shilling

    sign someone on/up

    Chapman had signed on new players in July
    [Antonyms] dismiss
    recruit, hire, engage, employ, take on, appoint, take into one's employ, take into employment, contract, put on the payroll, sign, enrol, enlist
    datedtake into (one's) service

    sign something over

    they have signed over ownership of the animals to the RSPCA
    [Antonyms] keep, accept

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