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American English: /saɪn/
British English: /sʌɪn/

Translation of sign in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable or uncountable (indication) signs of improvement
    señales or indicios de mejoría
    I'm hungry — that's a good sign!
    tengo hambre — es (una) buena señal
    all the signs are that … it was a sure sign of trouble ahead
    era una señal inequívoca de que se avecinaban problemas
    that's a sure sign of rain
    eso significa que sin duda va a llover
    he showed signs of wanting to leave
    dio muestras de querer irse
    he showed little sign of enthusiasm at the news
    demostró muy poco entusiasmo por la noticia
    there's no sign of life upstairs yet [humorous]
    arriba nadie ha dado señales de vida todavía [humorous]
    there's no sign of them yet
    todavía no han llegado
    there was no sign of him anywhere
    no estaba por ninguna parte
    no había ni rastro de él
    it's a sign of the times
    es un indicio de los tiempos que corren
    Example sentences
    • Scottish rugby may still be a long way from this lamentable state of affairs but it could be argued that the warning signs are present.
    • The warning signs were present; I just didn't recognize or act on them.
    • He had visited Clements at her home to assess the dogs and said neither of them presented any signs of aggressive behaviour, even when he deliberately goaded them.
    Example sentences
    • If that happens, and the signs are increasingly that it will, a historic turning point will have been reached.
    • But this time, the signs are very promising that change is on the way.
    • Like future terrorist acts, we can't be absolutely certain what will happen, but all the signs are there.
    1.2 countable (omen)
  • 2 countable (gesture) to make a sign to somebody
    hacerle una seña or una señal a alguien
    he made signs to us to shut up
    nos hizo señas para que nos calláramos
    to make the sign of the cross
    hacerse la señal de la cruz
  • 3 countable 3.1 (notice, board)
    (in demonstration)
    also: road sign
    Example sentences
    • Some adults gave thumbs-up signs, others watched sullenly as the 60 vehicles, bristling with weapons, crawled past.
    • At best, they receive a few quizzical stares, a couple of thumbs-up signs and a desperate waving of white flags.
    • When he passed two of the men sitting mid-cabin, he gave a thumbs-up sign.
    Example sentences
    • Just about every pub displays a sign or notice advising women to keep an eye on their drinks.
    • A teenaged driver who has been drinking beer does not notice the stop sign and hits the passenger side of the woman's car.
    • Government, in the form of traffic lights and stop signs and rules and regulations for driving, is absolutely required.
  • 4 countable 4.1 (symbol)
    plus/minus sign
    signo (de) más/menos
    4.2 (Astrology) the signs of the zodiac
    los signos del zodíaco
    what sign are you?
    Example sentences
    • If a planet is situated in a sign which opposes its own it is said to be in detriment, a word which literally means to be harmed or damaged.
    • It is the sign associated with intemperance and a craving for emotional excitement and sensuality.
    • In the water signs of Scorpio and Pisces we see a different expression of this energy.
    Example sentences
    • In claiming, in this book, that language is essentially symbolic, I am alluding to the status of linguistic signs as symbols, rather than as icons or indexes.
    • A symbol is a sign used to represent something other than itself.
    • The short appoggiatura was then notated by the new sign.

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (write signature on)
    the nations who signed the treaty
    los países que firmaron or [formal] suscribieron or rubricaron el tratado
    los países signatarios del tratado [formal]
    to sign one's name a signed copy
    un ejemplar firmado por el autor
    a signed confession
    una confesión por escrito
    the merger is now effectively signed and sealed
    la fusión ya se ha formalizado
    I want a proper contract, signed, sealed and delivered
    quiero un contrato con todas las de la ley
    1.2 (hire)
    Example sentences
    • He will need to find cover for the start of next season, be it in renewing a contract or signing a new player.
    • These clubs often wait for a contract to expire before signing a player, in order to eliminate any transfer fee involved.
    • Two years ago, 860 foreign-born players were signed to professional contracts by major league clubs.
    Example sentences
    • Outraged by the Government's threat to their sub post offices, people have signed petitions and written letters urging ministers to think again.
    • They don't hesitate to sign petitions, write letters or otherwise share their opinions.
    • The rest of the detainees wrote and signed a letter that they had witnessed the abuse, and went on a hunger strike.
    Example sentences
    • When the Soviet Union signed the SALT I Treaty, it chose to build its ABM sites around Moscow and Leningrad.
    • Unsurprisingly, we are also selling to the Gaddafi government in Libya, another nation which has not signed the Chemical Weapons Convention.
    • In 1997, the U.S. and 65 other countries signed the Chemical Weapons Convention.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (write name) sign here, please
    firme aquí, por favor
    I'll sign for the delivery
    yo le firmo el recibo
    1.2 (Business)to sign (with somebody) to sign with a club (Sport)
    firmar un contrato con un club
    fichar por un club (Spain)
    Example sentences
    • "We just signed to a new label called Anubis, " explains DJ / producer Nabi.
    • Perhaps the biggest key to his success is not signing to a major label.
    • The band has signed to Primary Voltage Records, who will put out their LP later this year.
    Example sentences
    • More than 200 people have already signed their names and written messages of support since the book opened.
    • ‘These homeless are bums, nothing but leeches on society,’ wrote a guy who signed himself Trav.
    • She never learned to write and could only sign her name with a cross.
  • 2 2.1 (gesture)to sign to somebody to + infinitiveshe signed to me to start/sit down
    me hizo una seña or una señal para que empezara/me sentara
    2.2 (use sign language)
    comunicarse por señas
    Example sentences
    • Mr Maxwell, whose speciality is French and English starters, can lip read quite well but can only speak a few words, so he relies on signing to communicate.
    • After ripping a steel sink from its moorings, the ape - famous for using sign language - signed to claim that her tiny pet kitten had done the damage
    • She recently completed a Level One exam in sign-language, and signed to the audience what it means for her to be chosen to enter this competition.
    Example sentences
    • Jess shook her head and signed to Dani, gesturing to Courtney and back to Bran.
    • He signed at her, indicating the direction they were walking in with a vague point of his index finger.

reflexive verb

  • to sign oneself
    she signed herself (as) M. Bell
    se firmaba M. Bell
    firmaba con el nombre de M. Bell

Phrasal verbs

sign away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
firmar la renuncia a
he was signing his future away
estaba renunciando a su futuro

sign for

verb + preposition + object
firmar el recibo de

sign in

1verb + adverb
firmar el registro
(al llegar)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
firmar por
sign the book in
firme el registro al devolver el libro

sign off

verb + adverb
1.1 (Radio, Television)
cerrar la transmisión
1.2 (in letter)
1.3 (British English) (stop receiving benefits)

sign off (on) something

verb + preposition + object
dar el visto bueno firmando
firmar aprobando

sign on

1verb + adverb 1.1 (enlist)
enlistarse (Central America) (Colombia) (Venezuela)
1.2 (British English) (for benefits)
(anotarse para recibir el seguro de desempleo)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (hire)

sign out

1verb + adverb
firmar el registro
(al salir)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + objectsign the book out
firme el registro al retirar el libro

sign over

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
firmar cediendo
he signed everything over to her
lo puso todo a nombre de ella

sign up

1verb + adverb (for a course)
anotarse (River Plate area)
enlistarse (Central America) (Colombia) (Venezuela)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

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