Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

sign off - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysign off
he/she/itsigns off
present participlesigning off
past tensesigned off
past participlesigned off
Related words
  1. to end a broadcast on television or radio

    They always signed off with ‘It’s goodnight from me’ – ‘And it’s goodnight from him’.

    1. a.
      to end a letter

      She signed off , ‘Yours sincerely, Clare Smith’.

    2. b.
      to end a conversation by radio or computer
      Synonyms and related words
    3. c.
      business to officially approve of something or to officially agree that something has been completed in a satisfactory way by signing your name
      sign something off:

      You don’t do any overtime until someone has signed it off.

      sign off something:

      The auditors signed off the accounts.

    4. d.
      British to give someone a medical certificate saying that they are too ill to work
      sign someone off:

      The doctor has signed her off for another month.

See also main entry: sign


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play