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verb signal pronunciation in British English /ˈsɪɡn(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesignalling
past tensesignalled
past participlesignalled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a movement or sound that has a special meaning to another person
    The cyclist signalled and turned right.
    signal to someone: He signalled frantically across the room to his wife.
    signal (to) someone to do something: The driver signalled her to cross the road.
    signal that: He flashed his torch to signal that he was ready.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to show that something is happening or will happen
    This agreement signalled the end of the war.
    signal that: The new tax signalled that the government was serious about the environment.
  3. 3
    [transitive] if you signal a quality or your feelings, you show what you intend to do about something
    The kidnappers have signalled their willingness to negotiate.
    Both parties have signalled their determination to win.


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