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signpost

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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signpostsign‧post1 /ˈsaɪnpəʊst $ -poʊst/ noun [countable]  1 TTR especially British English a sign at the side of a road showing directions and distances syn sign American English I’m sure that signpost is pointing the wrong way. Just follow the signposts to the city centre.2 something that helps you understand how something is organized, where to go, or what will follow – used especially in news reports As yet, there are few signposts pointing to success.
Examples from the Corpus
signpostMalcolm's car hit a signpost before crashing into a tree.Each of these weeks has its own theme, rather like a signpost leading to the next part of the route.But Finch smiles easily as she banks the plane and finds a steeple that has become her aerial signpost.Clear signposts at the beginning of each section will help the audience follow your ideas.The book highlights the lack of good signposts to help guide grieving individuals.Then, the better we get to know some one, the more these symbolic signposts recede in importance.Heading straight for the signpost, he caught himself, then took a cautious step on to the curb.This raises doubts about some of the signposts the Fed used to rely on.I saw the signpost pointing along the road like a warning finger.He fished single maggot on the bomb opposite the Ouse-Ure signpost.signposts pointingSymptoms were regarded as mere signposts pointing at the real target.
signpostsignpost2 verb [transitive] British English  1 be well/clearly/badly signposted2 CLEAR/EASY TO UNDERSTANDto show something clearly so that everyone will notice and understand it – used especially in news reports They have signposted their conclusions in the report.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
signpostThe three examination boards have been extremely thorough in their signposting of key skills.No one pretends that ageing has no ill-effects: the argument is that birthdays do not signpost them.Mr Dawson also criticised the lack of directions and signposting to help those who wanted to visit the new sites.
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Verb table
signpost
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysignpost
he, she, itsignposts
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysignposted
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave signposted
he, she, ithas signposted
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad signposted
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill signpost
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have signposted
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam signposting
he, she, itis signposting
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you, we, theyare signposting
Past
I, he, she, itwas signposting
you, we, theywere signposting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been signposting
he, she, ithas been signposting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been signposting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be signposting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been signposting
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