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English adjective: sign

1. sign used of the language of the deaf


Synonymsgestural, sign-language, signed


Similarcommunicative, communicatory


Antonymsincommunicative, uncommunicative


English noun: sign

1. sign (communication) a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)


SamplesHe showed signs of strain.
They welcomed the signs of spring.


Synonymsmark


Broader (hypernym)clew, clue, cue


Narrower (hyponym)token

2. sign (communication) a public display of a message


SamplesHe posted signs in all the shop windows.


Broader (hypernym)communication


Narrower (hyponym)bill, card, guidepost, notice, placard, poster, posting, signpost, street sign

3. sign (communication) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message


SamplesSignals from the boat suddenly stopped.


Synonymssignal, signaling


Broader (hypernym)communication


Narrower (hyponym)alarm, alarum, alert, all clear, animal communication, beam, bugle call, curfew, distress call, distress signal, dog-ear, drumbeat, electronic signal, high sign, indicator, input, input signal, number, output, output signal, phone number, radio beacon, radio beam, radiotelegraphic signal, recording, retreat, start, starting signal, storm signal, symbol, telegraphic signal, telephone number, ticktack, time signal, visual signal, warning signal, whistle, whistling

4. sign (artifact) structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted


SamplesThe highway was lined with signboards.


Synonymssignboard


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure


Narrower (hyponym)billboard, hoarding, sandwich board, scoreboard, shingle

5. sign (location) (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided


Synonymshouse, mansion, planetary house, sign of the zodiac, star sign


Broader (hypernym)part, region


Instance hyponymAquarius, Aquarius the Water Bearer, Archer, Aries, Aries the Ram, Balance, Bull, Cancer, Cancer the Crab, Capricorn, Capricorn the Goat, Crab, Fish, Gemini, Gemini the Twins, Goat, Leo, Leo the Lion, Libra, Libra the Balance, Libra the Scales, Lion, Pisces, Pisces the Fishes, Ram, Sagittarius, Sagittarius the Archer, Scorpio, Scorpio the Scorpion, Scorpion, Taurus, Taurus the Bull, Twins, Virgin, Virgo, Virgo the Virgin, Water Bearer


Part meronymzodiac


Domain categoryastrology, star divination

6. sign (state) (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease


SamplesThere were no signs of asphyxiation.


Broader (hypernym)evidence, grounds


Narrower (hyponym)vital sign


Part meronymdisease


Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

7. sign having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)


SamplesHe got the polarity of the battery reversed.
Charges of opposite sign.


Synonymspolarity


Broader (hypernym)oppositeness, opposition


Narrower (hyponym)negativeness, negativity, positiveness, positivity

8. sign (event) an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come


SamplesHe hoped it was an augury.
It was a sign from God.


Synonymsaugury, foretoken, preindication


Broader (hypernym)experience


Narrower (hyponym)omen, portent, presage, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication, war cloud

9. sign (communication) a gesture that is part of a sign language


Broader (hypernym)gesture, motion


Part meronymsign language, signing

10. sign (communication) a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified


SamplesThe bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary.


Broader (hypernym)language unit, linguistic unit


Domain categorylinguistics

11. sign (communication) a character indicating a relation between quantities


SamplesDon't forget the minus sign.


Broader (hypernym)mathematical notation


Narrower (hyponym)equal sign, minus sign, plus sign, radical sign


English verb: sign

1. sign (communication) mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)


SamplesShe signed the letter and sent it off.
Please sign here.


Synonymssubscribe


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)write


Narrower (hyponym)rubricate

2. sign (social) approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation


SamplesAll parties ratified the peace treaty.
Have you signed your contract yet?.


Synonymsratify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)formalise, formalize, validate


Entailendorse, indorse

3. sign (communication) be engaged by a written agreement


SamplesHe signed to play the casino on Dec. 18.
The soprano signed to sing the new opera.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)contract, undertake


Narrower (hyponym)autograph, countersign, endorse, execute, indorse, initial, ink, inscribe, undersign

4. sign (social) engage by written agreement


SamplesThey signed two new pitchers for the next season.


Synonymscontract, sign on, sign up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)employ, engage, hire


Narrower (hyponym)contract out

5. sign (communication) communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs


SamplesHe signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture.
The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu.


ExamplesThey sign them the information, They sign the information to them


Synonymssignal, signalise, signalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)flag, heliograph, semaphore, whistle, wigwag

6. sign (contact) place signs, as along a road


SamplesSign an intersection.
This road has been signed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

7. sign (communication) communicate in sign language


SamplesI don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

8. sign (communication) make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate


Synonymsbless


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion









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