|Origin:||signer, from Latin signare, from signum; SIGN1|
sign2 S3 W3
to write your signature on something to show that you wrote it, agree with it, or were present:
name[intransitive and transitive]
Sign here, please.
The artist had signed his name in the corner of the painting.
You forgot to sign the cheque.
Over a hundred people have signed the petition.
Steffi signs her autograph every time she's asked.
a signed photo of Paul McCartney
to make a document, agreement etc official and legal by writing your signature on it:
France has just signed a new trade deal with Japan.
if a football team or music company signs someone, or if someone signs for them, that person signs a contract in which they agree to work for them:
music/sport[intransitive and transitive]BE
CBS Records had signed her back in 1988 on a three-album contract.
Miller worked in the shipyards before signing for Rangers.
Before long they had signed with Virgin.
to officially agree to something by signing a contract:
Make sure the repairs are done before you sign on the dotted line.
if someone in authority signs something into law, they make it part of the law by signing an official document
6 also (all) signed, sealed, and delivered
with all the necessary legal documents signed:
It'll all be signed and sealed by Friday, and you can move in then.
to try to tell someone something or ask them to do something by using signs and movements [= signal]
sign to somebody to do something
He signed to the maid to leave the room.
sign for somebody to do something
She signed for us to go inside.
to use or translate something into sign language
language[intransitive and transitive]SLL
—signer noun [countable]
sign something ↔ awayphrasal verb
She had signed away all claims to the house.
I felt as if I was signing away my life.
sign for somethingphrasal verb
This is a registered letter - someone will have to sign for it.
sign inphrasal verb
to write your name on a form, in a book etc when you enter a place such as a hotel, office, or club:
Remember to sign in at reception.
to write someone else's name in a book so that they are allowed to enter a club, an office etc
sign offphrasal verb
to end a radio or television programme by saying goodbye
to write your final message at the end of an informal letter:
It's getting late so I'll sign off now. Love, John.
3 British English
if a doctor signs someone off, he or she gives them a note saying that they are ill and not able to work:
For the last month she has been signed off sick from work.
4 British English sign off on something American English
to show that you approve of a plan or that something is finished by signing an official document:
Major repainting work now needs to be signed off by a qualified engineer.
sign onphrasal verb
1 British EnglishPEW
to state officially that you are unemployed by signing a form, so that you can get money from the government
sign outphrasal verb
to write your name in a book when you leave a place such as a hotel, office, or club
to write your name on a form or in a book to show that you have taken or borrowed something:
Bernstein signed out a company car.
to write in a book that someone is allowed to leave somewhere such as a school, office etc:
Parents must sign pupils out when collecting them for doctor's or dentist's appointments.
sign something ↔ overphrasal verb
sign something ↔ over to
When he became ill, he signed his property in France over to his son.
sign upphrasal verb
to put your name on a list for something because you want to take part in it
sign up for
I'm thinking of signing up for a yoga course.
sign up to do something
Over half the people who signed up to do engineering were women.
if someone is signed up by an organization, they sign a contract in which they agree to work for that organization:
Several well-known researchers have been signed up for the project.