I. sign sign 1 [saɪn] verb
1. [intransitive, transitive] BANKING to write your signature on a letter, document, or cheque:

• The customer must sign the traveller's cheque in front of the cashier.

2. sign an agreement/​contract COMMERCE to show formally that you agree to do something, by signing a legal document:

• In September, the company signed a contract to produce two million doses of the vaccine.

3. signed and sealed/​signed, sealed, and delivered with all the necessary legal documents agreed and signed:

• The agreement is not signed and sealed yet.

sign on phrasal verb
1. [intransitive] BrE to go to your local job centre and sign a form which states officially that you are unemployed, so that you can get money from the government:

• Childcare Allowance is available only for married women whose children are over four years of age and who have been signing on for the previous six months.

2. [intransitive, transitive] sign somebody → on if you sign on, or sign someone on, you sign or persuade someone to sign a document agreeing to do something, for example accepting a job, studying on a course, or becoming involved in a business deal:

• Two more members of staff were signed on full-time.

sign on as

• Jacobs signed on as a junior attorney with a Santa Rosa law firm.

sign on to

• The corporation is deciding whether to sign on to a deal to build a new U.S. manufacturing plant to compete with the French.

3. [intransitive] COMPUTING to start using a computer system, the Internet, or to go to a website:

• You'll need to type in your password to sign on to the network.

• The Internet has strange economics; individual users are charged for signing on, but can then surf the net for nothing.

— compare log log1
  [m0] II. sign sign 2 noun [countable]
1. a piece of paper, metal etc in a public place, with words or drawings on it that give people information, warn them not to do something etc:

• a no smoking sign

2. a picture, shape etc that has a particular meaning:

• For some reason the computer can't display the dollar sign.

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sign UK US /saɪn/ verb
[I or T] to write your name, usually on a written or printed document, for example to show that you agree with its contents or have written or created it yourself: sign a contract/agreement/declaration »

We've already agreed the details and I just need to sign a contract.


sign a letter/form/cheque


Please sign your name below if you are available to help.


Sign here please.

signed and sealed — Cf. signed and sealed
sign on the dotted line — Cf. sign on the dotted line
sign UK US /saɪn/ noun [C]
a flat object giving information, directions, a warning, etc.: »

The store had a handwritten sign in the window.


A sign advertising the closing-down sale was clearly visible from the road.


road/shop/street signs

a written or printed mark that has a standard meaning: »

+ is the plus sign and % is the percentage sign.

something that shows that something else exists or might happen or exist in the future: a sign of sth »

His inability to handle the situation is a sure sign of weakness.

a sign that »

There are signs that the economy is improving


Neither side is showing signs of backing down.


All the signs are that the worst is over.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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