Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: signer, from Latin signare, from signum; SIGN1


2 verb
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sign2 S3 W3


[intransitive and transitive] to write your signature on something to show that you wrote it, agree with it, or were present:
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

sign an agreement/contract/treaty etc

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.


[intransitive and transitive]BE 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:
CBS Records had signed her back in 1988 on a three-album contract.
sign for/to/with
Miller worked in the shipyards before signing for Rangers.
Before long they had signed with Virgin.

sign on the dotted line

informal to officially agree to something by signing a contract:
Make sure the repairs are done before you sign on the dotted line.

sign a bill/legislation/agreement into law

if someone in authority signs something into law, they make it part of the law by signing an official document

(all) signed and sealed

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.

use movements

[intransitive] 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.


[intransitive and transitive]SLL to use or translate something into sign language
signer noun [countable]

sign something ↔ away

phrasal verb
to sign a document that gives your property or legal rights to someone else:
She had signed away all claims to the house.
I felt as if I was signing away my life.

sign for something

phrasal verb
to sign a document to prove that you have received something:
This is a registered letter - someone will have to sign for it.

sign in

phrasal verb
1 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.

sign somebody ↔ in

DL to write someone else's name in a book so that they are allowed to enter a club, an office etc

sign off

phrasal verb
1 informal to end a radio or television programme by saying goodbye
2 to write your final message at the end of an informal letter:
It's getting late so I'll sign off now. Love, John.

sign somebody off

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.

sign something ↔ off

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 on

phrasal verb
1 British EnglishPEW to state officially that you are unemployed by signing a form, so that you can get money from the government
2PM to sign a document to show that you agree to work for someone
sign on as
He signed on as a soldier in the US army.
sign on with
I'll probably have to sign on with a nursing agency.

sign out

phrasal verb
1DLT to write your name in a book when you leave a place such as a hotel, office, or club

sign something ↔ out

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.

sign somebody ↔ out

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 ↔ over

phrasal verb
to sign an official document that gives your property or legal rights to someone else
sign something ↔ over to
When he became ill, he signed his property in France over to his son.

sign up

phrasal verb
1 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.

sign somebody ↔up

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.

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