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verb     sign pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesigning
past tensesigned
past participlesigned
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to write your name on something in your own personal way

    You haven’t signed Rory’s birthday card yet.

    Just sign here.

    sign an autograph:

    Players from both teams were signing autographs before the game.

    1. a.
      to write your full name on a document to show that you agree with what is written in it

      Please sign and date the form.

      The contract must be signed before we can proceed with the work.

      sign something with someone:

      The team has signed a special agreement with the players.

    2. b.
      if a group or country signs a document, its official representatives sign it to agree to what it says

      The rebels have now signed the ceasefire agreement.

      A trade agreement was signed today by the U.S. and China.

      sign something into law (=to officially sign a new law):

      The legislation was passed and signed into law last year.

  2. 2



    sign up

    [transitive] to officially employ someone to work for a particular organization

    The team needs to sign several replacement players.

    sign someone to/for something:

    Within months, the group was signed to a major record company.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to communicate using sign language
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