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sign British & World English

An object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else

sign English Thesaurus

flowers are often given as a sign of affection

V-sign British & World English

A sign resembling the letter V made with the first two fingers pointing up and the back of the hand facing outwards, used as a gesture of abuse or contempt

co-sign British & World English

Sign (a document) in order to guarantee a loan or other obligation

re-sign British & World English

Sign (a document) again

sign in British & World English

Sign a register on arrival (or departure), typically in a hotel

sign on British & World English

Commit oneself to employment, membership of a society, or some other undertaking

sign up British & World English

Commit oneself to a period of employment, education, or in the armed forces

sign-up British & World English

The action of enrolling for something or of enrolling or employing someone

call sign British & World English

A message, code, or tune that is broadcast by radio to identify the broadcaster or transmitter

hex sign British & World English

A design usually in the shape of a star, wheel, or rosette on a circular field. Formerly, hex signs were painted on barns, especially by the Pennsylvania Dutch, and were thought to ward off evil

high sign British & World English

A surreptitious gesture, often prearranged, giving warning or indicating that all is well

plus sign British & World English

The symbol +, indicating addition or a positive value

road sign British & World English

A sign giving information or instructions to road users

root sign British & World English

Another term for radical sign.

sign for British & World English

Sign a receipt to confirm that one has received (something delivered)

sign off British & World English

Conclude a letter, broadcast, or other message

sign-off British & World English

The conclusion of a letter, broadcast, etc.

star sign British & World English

A sign of the zodiac

sun sign British & World English

Another term for birth sign.

birth sign British & World English

The zodiacal sign through which the sun is passing when a person is born

dollar sign British & World English

The sign $, representing a dollar

Indian sign British & World English

A magic spell or curse

minus sign British & World English

The symbol −, indicating subtraction or a negative value

number sign British & World English

The sign #, used to introduce a number (as in question #2)

peace sign British & World English

A sign of peace made by holding up the hand with palm out-turned and the first two fingers extended in a V-shape

pound sign British & World English

The sign ‘£’, representing a pound sterling

division sign British & World English

The sign ÷, placed between two numbers showing that the first is to be divided by the second, as in 6 ÷ 3 = 2

negative sign British & World English

Another term for minus sign.

positive sign British & World English

Another term for plus sign.

radical sign British & World English

The sign √ which indicates the square root of the number following (or a higher root indicated by a preceding superscript numeral)

sign language British & World English

A system of communication using visual gestures and signs, as used by deaf people

traffic sign British & World English

A sign conveying information, an instruction, or a warning to drivers

victory sign British & World English

A signal of triumph or celebration made by holding up the hand with the palm outwards and the first two fingers spread apart to represent the letter V

sign off on British & World English

Give one’s approval to

multiplication sign British & World English

The sign ×, used to indicate that one quantity is to be multiplied by another, as in 2 × 3 = 6

sign someone in British & World English

Record someone’s arrival (or departure) in a register

sign someone off British & World English

Record that someone is entitled to miss work, typically because of illness

sign someone on British & World English

Take someone into one’s employment

sign something out British & World English

Sign to indicate that one has borrowed or hired something

sign someone up British & World English

Formally engage someone in employment

British Sign Language British & World English

A form of sign language developed in the UK and fundamentally different from American Sign Language

sign of the cross British & World English

A Christian sign made in blessing or prayer by tracing a cross from the forehead to the chest and to each shoulder, or in the air

sign of the times British & World English

Something judged to indicate the nature of a particular period, typically something undesirable

American Sign Language British & World English

A form of sign language developed in the US and used also in English-speaking parts of Canada

sign something away/over British & World English

Officially relinquish rights or property by signing a deed

zodiacal sign in sign British & World English

Each of the twelve equal sections into which the zodiac is divided, named from the constellations formerly situated in each, and associated with successive periods of the year according to the position of the sun on the ecliptic


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