Synonyms of 'sign'
a conventional mark or symbol that has a specific meaning, for example £ for poundsEquations are generally written with a two-bar equals sign.
The artist uses the oak tree as a symbol of strength.
He made marks with a pencil.
Chinese characters inscribed on a plaque
figure, , ,
Deduct the second figure from the first.
The letter bore no company name or logo.
Urbanization became both a goal and a badge of progress.
The eagle was an emblem of strength and courage.
a gesture, mark, or symbol intended to convey an idea or informationThe priest made the sign of the cross over him.
a gesture, mark, or symbol intended to convey an idea or informationThey gave him the thumbs-up sign.
a board or placard displayed in public and intended to advertise, inform, or warna sign saying that the highway was closed
a visible indicationHis face and movements rarely betrayed any sign of nerves.
He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
Police said there was no evidence of a struggle.
The church has traces of fifteenth-century frescoes.
Shopkeepers closed their shutters as a mark of respect.
He has never been able to read or transcribe musical notes.
that fashionably faint suggestion of a tan
Your problem with sleep is just a symptom of a larger problem.
I'd dropped a hint about having an exhibition of his work.
He called on the government to make a gesture of goodwill.
Scientists have discovered a clue that may unlock the puzzle.
a vital clue to the killer's identity
He sent her a gift as a token of his appreciation.
Different animals have different manifestations of the disease.
The only giveaway was the look of amusement in her eyes.
She had lost every vestige of her puppy fat.
an omenIt is a sign of things to come.
Her appearance at this moment is an omen of disaster.
a warning of impending doom
This is a frightening portent for the future.
No one paid any attention to their gloomy forebodings.
Soldiers used to believe a raven was a presage of coming battle.
writing on the wall,
We should have seen the writing on the wall and guessed what was coming.
The auguries of death are gathering around him.
to make a sign to someone so as to convey an idea or informationShe signed to me to go out.
I gestured towards the boathouse and he looked inside.
The survey indicated that most old people are independent.
She signalled a passing taxi.
He waved to us from across the street.
He beckoned to the waiter.
The man was gesticulating wildly.
use sign language
to write (one's name) on (a document or letter) to show its authenticity or one's agreementI got him to sign my copy of his book.
See sign on
See sign someone up
See sign up
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
in the sense of augury
an omenThe auguries of death are gathering around him.
in the sense of badge
any revealing feature or markUrbanization became both a goal and a badge of progress.
See related content
Video: pronunciation of 'sign'
Thesaurus for sign from the Collins English Thesaurus