Synonyms of sign in English:

sign


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noun

1‘flowers are often given as a sign of affection’

SYNONYMS

indication, signal, symptom, hint, pointer, suggestion, intimation, mark, manifestation, demonstration

token, testimony, evidence, attestation, proof

rare sigil

2‘it may have been a sign of things to come’

SYNONYMS

portent, omen, warning, forewarning, augury, presage

promise, threat, hint

3‘Sir Edmund made a sign, and the soldiers followed him’

SYNONYMS

gesture, signal, wave, gesticulation, cue, nod

action, movement, motion

body language, kinesics

4‘there were signs saying ‘keep out’’

SYNONYMS

notice, signpost, signboard, warning sign, road sign, traffic sign

placard, board, plate, pointer, arrow, marker, waymark, indicator

poster, bill, sticker, advertisement

informal ad

British informal advert

5‘the dancers were daubed with signs which I assumed were messages to their gods’

SYNONYMS

symbol, mark, cipher, letter, character, numeral, figure, type, code, hieroglyph

signifier, ideogram, logogram, graph

rune, diacritic, representation, emblem, device, badge, insignia, arms, coat of arms, crest, logo

writing, hieroglyphics


verb

1‘he signed the letter and put it in the envelope’

SYNONYMS

autograph, endorse, witness, initial, put one's mark on, countersign, re-sign

set one's hand to, subscribe

archaic underwrite, style

rare chirographate

2‘the government was unwilling to sign the agreement’

SYNONYMS

endorse, validate, certify, authenticate, authorize, sanction, legalize, put into effect, enact

agree to, approve, ratify, adopt, say yes to, give one's approval to, rubber-stamp

informal give something the go-ahead, give something the green light, OK, give something the OK, give something the thumbs up

ANTONYMS

repudiate

3‘he merely signed his name at the bottom’

SYNONYMS

write, inscribe, pen, pencil, scribble, scrawl, dash off, put, add

archaic underwrite

4‘we have signed a very talented player’

SYNONYMS

recruit, hire, engage, employ, take on, appoint, take into one's employ, take into employment, contract, put on the payroll, sign on, sign up, enrol, enlist

dated take into service

ANTONYMS

dismiss

5‘she then signed to Susan to leave’

SYNONYMS

gesture, signal, give a sign to, indicate, direct, motion, gesticulate

wave, beckon, nod


Phrases

    sign away

      ‘he had signed away the rights to his music for next to nothing’

      SYNONYMS

      relinquish, renounce, waive, give up, abandon, reject, surrender, yield, cede, hand over, turn over, do without, dispense with, put aside, set aside, abdicate, abjure, sacrifice, refuse, turn down, spurn

    sign on/up

      ‘he signed on for a permanent career in the Air Force’

      SYNONYMS

      enlist, take a job, sign, join, join up, join the forces, join the services, enrol, register, volunteer, put one's name down, become a member

      dated

      take service, go into service

      archaic

      take the King's shilling, take the Queen's shilling

      ANTONYMS

      resign

    sign someone on/up

      ‘Chapman had signed on new players in July’

      SYNONYMS

      recruit, hire, engage, employ, take on, appoint, take into one's employ, take into employment, contract, put on the payroll, sign, enrol, enlist

      dated

      take into service, take into one's service

      ANTONYMS

      dismiss

    sign something over

      ‘they have signed over ownership of the animals to the RSPCA’

      SYNONYMS

      transfer, turn over, make over, hand over, hand on, give, hand down, leave, bequeath, bestow, pass on, devolve, transmit, cede, deliver, assign, consign, convey, entrust

      ANTONYMS

      keep, accept