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verb     signal pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesignalling
past tensesignalled
past participlesignalled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a movement or sound that has a special meaning to another person
    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

    Both parties have signalled their determination to win.



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