Definition of signpost in English:

signpost

noun

  • 1A sign giving information such as the direction and distance to a nearby town, typically found at a road junction.

    • ‘Quick Park expects to discuss additional road signage with Fingal County Council shortly, but O'Sullivan said the current lack of commercial road signposts did not pose a problem.’
    • ‘Earlier in our journey, we'd passed a signpost for Colonia Suiza, a town settled by colonists from Switzerland.’
    • ‘After a short distance a signpost on the right points out the route to Criffel.’
    • ‘Town traffic and through traffic are already directed by the latest signposts to use Southbroom Road and New Park Street.’
    • ‘I mean, there'd been times when I wasn't exactly sure where I was, but there'd always been the inevitable signpost or landmark or town where I could ask directions.’
    • ‘There's no direction, no definitive signpost telling you how many miles to your next destination.’
    • ‘Immediately below the bridge, a path runs leftwards, uphill to a tarmac road where a signpost to Birnam Hill points to the left.’
    • ‘This is one of the many signposts from an old coaching road.’
    • ‘The county council did decide to purchase 500 signposts to erect at junctions and dangerous corners.’
    • ‘After leaving Durrow I headed out along the Kilkenny Road and was directed to Attanagh by a road signpost.’
    • ‘Carry on between fields to a ruined building and a signpost indicating the way on to Lady Mary's Walk.’
    • ‘To complement the newly refurbished main road through the village, two Victorian-style finger signposts have been erected, one near the summerseat, and the other on North Street car park.’
    • ‘At the end of Holburn Street there is a clear signpost indicating the cycle route to Hornsea.’
    • ‘Many strangers are sent off in the wrong direction by signposts which have been ‘changed around’ by some folk with little to do.’
    • ‘I look past the rain-stained signposts directing the Berkshire motorist towards the delights of Wokingham or Earley.’
    • ‘They claimed signposts had mistakenly diverted traffic down the ‘access only’ street, leaving some residents unable to get out of their drives.’
    • ‘Few things are as distressful as finding oneself lost on the road with no signposts and no one to ask directions.’
    • ‘Over the past number of years there has been a distinct lack of signposts in Kiltimagh town.’
    • ‘When you see the signpost indicating Lyell it is difficult to believe that this isolated area once was the site of a gold rush.’
    • ‘At the end of the road a signpost declares the way: ‘Public Footpath by Gipsy Glen to Yarrow’.’
    notice, signpost, signboard, warning sign, road sign, traffic sign
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    1. 1.1Something that acts as a guide or indicator.
      ‘shorts remain the fashion signpost of summer's arrival’
      • ‘These markers are used as signposts to mark the abnormal gene or the abnormal chromosome.’
      • ‘The short story goes its way without taking much notice of these signposts.’
      • ‘Guided by the signposts of DNA, we have virtually traveled back in time along the genetic stream, from the present to the ancient past, to the era when some determined bands of people first tamed an ox.’
      • ‘All these elements work together as the signposts and traffic lights of language and their abandonment in favour of free-style expression is causing all kinds of disasters.’
      • ‘Likewise the individual chapters need stronger signposts along the way to guide readers through.’
      • ‘Taxonomies are signposts, indicating what is known and what has yet to be discovered.’
      • ‘The facts, so far as they can be established, are signposts on the road to a conclusion on the issues; they are not themselves conclusions.’
      • ‘The minutiae recorded and cataloged by the historian serve as signposts that guide him through the maze of historical events and provide a means of testing out his hypotheses.’
      • ‘If you've decided on a new career but you're not sure if it's the right direction for you, just look for the signposts.’
      • ‘Archer, while a great boxer, wasn't a puncher of any description and that knockdown, as clear as any signpost, indicated that it was time for Sugar Ray to quit.’
      • ‘Companions in other words can provide short-cuts to learning, whereas they should be, in principle, providing signposts, which guide the scholar when he or she transacts complex intellectual mazes.’
      • ‘The volumes of words written about Nirvana are only signposts, directing us to deeply understand the nature of ourselves and our life.’
      • ‘A recipe is merely a guide, and this book's recipes are full of signposts.’
      • ‘The light commercial vehicle market is slightly down on last year's highs, but the heavy truck market, always a good signpost to economic health, remains buoyant.’
      • ‘They prevent time from obliterating the worst of the past and provide signposts that can guide us away from making the same mistakes again.’
      • ‘When Parliament is involved in defining terms in legislation of this type, it is really important for it to erect signposts and to give indicators about what words like ‘spiritual’ mean.’
      • ‘However, he has also acknowledged ‘I think music can sometimes steer the audience into a way of looking at a scene, as a kind of signpost along the road’.’
      • ‘What viewers have learned is that the conventional signposts indicating truth and fiction can no longer be trusted.’
      • ‘The Stone Roses were a supernova, their debut album a bright flash in the pop universe that remains a signpost and a favorite more than 15 years later.’
      • ‘Instead this section will conclude with some signposts indicating how future theoretical, and perhaps more importantly, empirical work might best be orientated.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Provide (a route or area) with a signpost or signposts.

    ‘most of the walks were well signposted’
    • ‘The area will be well signposted and tour guides will assist members of the public.’
    • ‘An alternative route via Potato Market and Kennedy Avenue will be signposted.’
    • ‘The courses are signposted and marshalled, and there will be regular checkpoints with refreshments available.’
    • ‘The Clyde Valley Tourist route is signposted from Hamilton in the north to Abington in the south and follows the course of the river as it meanders past some of Scotland's most popular tourist towns.’
    • ‘Access to the picnic area is at the main entrance to the woodlands, at Belleek, and the route will be signposted.’
    • ‘Proceed by this narrow road towards the forestry plantation, arriving at an obvious car park, where the route to the falls is signposted.’
    • ‘Once at the ground everything is clearly signposted and there are dozens of stewards and officials pointing fans in the right direction.’
    • ‘A number of road closures will be in place from midnight on Thursday, March 11, and the diversions will be signposted.’
    • ‘Car parking will be signposted well in advance of entrance to the venue.’
    • ‘The main public entrance on the east side is signposted by a huge canopy that draws visitors into a long, vaulted undercroft containing an exhibition space, cafe and shop.’
    • ‘The walk will be well signposted and there will be plenty of help for those who cannot complete the walk.’
    • ‘The reef is just a few metres from the shore and you can take a car and shore-dive most of the sites, each of which is clearly signposted with yellow stones.’
    • ‘The Czech, Slovak and Hungarian mountains and countryside are well signposted for walkers and drivers.’
    • ‘It's a relatively short walk, is well signposted, and the quality of the view is out of all proportion to the minimum effort required to climb up there.’
    • ‘All of these changes will be signposted to help drivers.’
    • ‘The company liaised with Leeds City Council to enable the A64M slip road next to the site to be closed and arranged for a diversion to be signposted to ensure motorists were not inconvenienced.’
    • ‘The event will be signposted from Master McGrath's statue on the Lismore to Waterford road.’
    • ‘The route will be clearly signposted and it is planned that artworks will feature on off-road sections, an idea promoted by national cycle route charity Sustrans.’
    • ‘The park is signposted throughout and illustrates plants and wildlife through words and pictures.’
    • ‘Other business leaders said Bolton is badly signposted, with visitors from the North often being misdirected by signs at Kearsley roundabout, and little or no signs in the centre itself.’
    1. 1.1British Indicate (a place) with a signpost.
      ‘Battle is clearly signposted off all the main roads’
      • ‘Malham is signposted and reached by minor lanes north of the A65 at Hellifield (between Settle and Gargrave).’
      • ‘Roadford Reservoir is clearly signposted from the A30.’
      • ‘She signposts areas where evidence is lacking and spotlights the more fanciful assumptions.’
      • ‘Alfian agreed, but he signposted the missing scenes with leitmotifs and distributed to the audience the excised portions of the script.’
      • ‘Yet the problem seems to have been clearly signposted in her department back to September last year.’
      • ‘Sites promoted as tourist attractions are usually signposted from main roads; look out for brown-coloured ‘tourist signs’.’
      • ‘She said people had been contacting her initially with an email or telephone call; the next step was to establish how best she could assist, whether it was helping to signpost people in the right direction or to fill out an application form.’
      • ‘The hotel is a mile further to the right and the driveway is clearly signposted.’
      • ‘Follow the narrow road past Gavieside Nursery, and the entrance to Allandale Tarn is clearly signposted on the right.’
      • ‘A well worn path led towards the small town prominently signposted The Great Poet's Cottage, while another path in the other direction led to The Suburbs, amongst other places.’
      • ‘Once there, Raemoir is clearly signposted before you hit the town centre - the tiny hamlet is about two miles outside Banchory.’
      • ‘Despite the roadworks on the A360 visitors can reach the vineyard from the West Lavington crossroads where the vineyard is signposted.’
      • ‘In each of the chapters the subsections are well signposted and the contents flow comfortably from one topic to another.’
      • ‘The National Glass Centre is signposted from A19 from York, and also easily accessible by rail.’
      • ‘Areas where first aid can be received will be clearly signposted.’
      • ‘Before signposting some alternative policy approaches, let me throw some cold water on the doom and gloom predictions as they stand.’
      • ‘The Ballyhoura mountain range is the most popular local venue for hill walking and Griston Bog is signposted in Ballylanders.’
      • ‘The museum is clearly signposted on roads into York.’
      • ‘The reservoir is signposted on the Holmfirth Road, east of Greenfield village.’
      • ‘If the bureau cannot offer direct help and advice, they can signpost people to the relevant statutory or specialist bodies to offer assistance.’

Pronunciation:

signpost

/ˈsʌɪnpəʊst/