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British English: /ˈsɪɡn(ə)l/
American English: /ˈsɪɡnəl/

Translation of signal in French:


  • 1 (cue) to be the signal for violent protest
    être le signal de violentes protestations
    to give the signal to leave/to attack
    donner le signal du départ/de l'attaque
    this is a signal to do
    cela indique qu'il faut faire
  • 2 (sign, indication) to be a signal that …
    être signe que, indiquer que …
    to send a signal to somebody that …
    indiquer (clairement) à quelqu'un que …
  • 4 (Radio, Television, Electronics) to pick up a radar signal
    capter un signal radar
  • 5 [figurative] (message) See examples: to send out conflicting signals
    envoyer des messages contradictoires
    to read the signals


transitive verb p prés etc -ll- (British English) -l- (American English)

  • 1 [literal] (gesture to) See examples: to signal (to somebody) that …
    faire signe (à quelqu'un) que …
    to signal somebody to do
    faire signe à quelqu'un de faire
    I signalled John to get the car
    j'ai fait signe à John d'aller chercher la voiture
  • 2 [figurative] (indicate)
    (shift, determination, reluctance, disapproval, support)
    to signal one's intention to do
    annoncer son intention de faire
    to signal one's readiness to do
    annoncer qu'on est prêt à faire
    to signal that …
    indiquer que …
  • 3 (mark)
    (end, beginning, decline)

intransitive verb

  • also: p prés etc -ll- (British English) -l- (American English)
    faire des signes
    he was signalling frantically
    il faisait des signes désespérés
    to signal with one's arm/head
    faire signe du bras/de la tête

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