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noun sign pronunciation in American English /saɪn/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a piece of evidence that something is happening or that something exists
    sign of: I couldn’t see any sign of progress.
    see/take something as a sign: Ann took his silence as a sign of rejection.
    sure sign: She began tapping her foot, a sure sign of annoyance.
    no/little etc. sign: There were few signs of an upturn in the economy.
    sign that: He had somehow missed the signs that she was upset.
    show no/little/every etc. sign: Interest rates show no sign of falling.
    1. a.
      something that suggests that a good or bad thing will happen in the future
      The fact that he phoned you is a good sign.
      warning/danger sign: Looking back now, I realize I failed to spot the warning signs.
      a sign of things to come (=a sign of what will happen in the future): Recent job losses are probably a sign of things to come.
    2. b.
      evidence that someone is present
      sign of: When we came out of the station there was no sign of her.
  2. 2
    [countable] a flat object with words or pictures on it, put in a public place to provide information or advertise something
    a flashing neon sign
    The store had a “closed” sign in the window.
    follow the signs: Turn right and follow the signs to the zoo.
    obey/ignore a sign: Several people were ignoring the no-smoking sign.
  3. 3
    [countable] a movement or sound that you make that tells other people what you want, how you feel, what they should do, etc.
    a sign to someone (to do something): Marcie winked, our sign to each other to remain silent.
    1. a.
      a movement that you make with your hands that has a special meaning
      give a sign: He turned and gave the familiar thumbs-up sign to the crowd.
  4. 4
    [countable] a written symbol that has a particular meaning, such as % meaningpercentor $ meaningdollar
    a dollar sign
    a multiplication/division sign
  5. 5
    [countable] a star sign
    I’m a Scorpio. What’s your sign?



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