1) a token; indication:
Bowing is a sign of respect[/ex]
2) a conventional mark, figure, or symbol used as an abbreviation for the word or words it represents
3) a motion or gesture used to express or convey information, an idea, etc
4) an inscribed board, placard, or the like bearing a warning, advertisement, or other information and displayed for public view:
a traffic sign; a store sign[/ex]
5) a trace; vestige:
There wasn't a sign of them[/ex]
6) Usu., signs. traces, as footprints, of a wild animal
7) an omen; portent
8) an arbitrary or conventional symbol used in musical notation to indicate tonality, tempo, etc
9) med an objective indication of a disease
10) ling. any meaningful gestural unit belonging to a sign language
11) ling.
sign language 1)
12) astrol.
sign of the zodiac
13) math. a symbol, as + or =, used to indicate a mathematical operation or relation
14) to affix a signature to:
to sign a letter[/ex]
15) to write as a signature:
to sign one's name[/ex]
16) to engage or hire by written agreement (often fol. by on or up):
to sign a basketball player[/ex]
17) to mark with a sign, esp. the sign of the cross
18) to communicate by means of a sign; signal
19) ling. to convey (a message) in a sign language
20) to write one's signature, as a token of agreement, receipt, etc
21) to make a sign or signal
22) ling. to employ a sign language for communication
23) to obligate oneself by signature
24) phv sign away or over, to assign or dispose of by affixing one's signature to a document
25) phv sign in (or out), to record one's arrival (or departure) by signing a register
26) phv sign off
a) to cease radio or television broadcasting, esp. at the end of the day
b) to indicate one's approval explicitly if not formally
27) phv sign up, to enlist, as in an organization or group
Etymology: 1175–1225; (n.) ME signe < OF < L signum mark, sign, image; (v.) ME signen < OF signer < L signāre, der. of signum sign′er, n. syn: sign, omen, portent refer to something that gives evidence of a future event. sign is a general word for a visible trace or indication of an event, either past, present, or future: Dark clouds are a sign of rain. An omen is a happening or phenomenon that serves as a warning of things to come; it may foreshadow good or evil: She believed it was a bad omen if a black cat crossed her path. portent also refers to an indication of future events, usu. ones that are momentous or of ominous significance: the portents of war.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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