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Synonyms of 'signal'

(noun) 
They fired three distress signals.
Synonyms
flare
a ship which had fired a distress flare
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beacon
The full moon beams like a beacon in the clear sky.
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smoke signal
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signal fire
(noun) 
Definition
anything that causes immediate action
You mustn't fire without my signal.
Synonyms
cue
He took this as his cue to leave.
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sign
They gave him the thumbs-up sign.
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nod
Then, at a nod from their leader, they all sat.
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prompting
The refugees need no prompting to describe what happened to them.
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go-ahead (informal)
Don't do any major repair work until you get the go-ahead from your insurers.
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reminder
They are about to be given a sharp reminder.
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green light
The project was given the green light in the Chancellor's autumn budget.
(noun) 
Definition
any sign, gesture, sound, or action used to communicate information
The event was seen as a signal of support.
Synonyms
sign
His face and movements rarely betrayed any sign of nerves.
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gesture
She made a menacing gesture with her fist.
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indication
He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
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mark
Shopkeepers closed their shutters as a mark of respect.
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note
He has never been able to read or transcribe musical notes.
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evidence
Police said there was no evidence of a struggle.
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expression
We attended as an expression of solidarity.
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token
He sent her a gift as a token of his appreciation.
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indicator
The number of wells is a fair indicator of the demand for water.
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manifestation
Different animals have different manifestations of the disease.
(verb) 
She signalled a passing taxi.
Synonyms
gesture
I gestured towards the boathouse and he looked inside.
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sign
She signed to me to go out.
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wave
The police officer waved to us to go on.
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nod
He lifted his end of the canoe, nodding to me to take up mine.
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motion
She motioned for the doors to be opened.
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beckon
He beckoned to the waiter.
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gesticulate
The man was gesticulating wildly.
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give a sign to
(verb) 
Definition
to communicate (information) by signal
The country was signalling its readiness to have the embargo lifted.
Synonyms
show
She had enough time to show her gratitude.
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express
He expressed his anger in a destructive way.
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display
It was unlike him to display his feelings.
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indicate
The survey indicated that most old people are independent.
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make known
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announce
The couple were planning to announce their engagement.
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declare
Anyone carrying money into or out of the country must declare it.
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register
The meter registered loads of 9 and 10 kg.
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communicate
The result will be communicated to parents.
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proclaim
He continues to proclaim his innocence.
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flag up
(verb) 
The siren signalled the end of play.
Synonyms
mark
I added a code to mark the document as genuine.
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announce
The doorbell of the shop announced the arrival of a customer.
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signify
Two jurors signified their dissent.
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be a sign of
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identify
I tried to identify her perfume.
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flag
I promise to flag these things more clearly.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of announce
Definition
to proclaim
The couple were planning to announce their engagement.
Synonyms
make known,
tweet,
make public,
shout from the rooftops (informal),
give out
in the sense of announce
Definition
to be a sign of
The doorbell of the shop announced the arrival of a customer.
Synonyms
in the sense of beacon
Definition
a signal fire or light on a hill or tower, used formerly as a warning of invasion
The full moon beams like a beacon in the clear sky.
Synonyms
bonfire,
smoke signal,
signal fire

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