sign

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. omen, portent; indication, symptom, token, mark; symbol, emblem; gesture, signal; trace, vestige; signboard, shingle; guidepost. See indication, direction.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A signal]
Syn. indication, portent, clue, omen, prognostic, augury, token, presentiment, divination, presage, premonition, handwriting on the wall, foreshadowing, foreboding, foreknowledge, token, manifestation, foretoken, harbinger, herald, hint, symptom, assurance, precursor, prediction, mark, badge, auspice, symbol, caution, warning, beacon, flag, highball, hand signal, wave of the arm, flash, whistle, warning bell, signal bell, signal light, high sign*.
2. [An emblem]
Syn. insignia, badge, crest; see emblem .
3. [A symbol]
Syn. type, visible sign, token; see symbol .
v.
1. [Authorize]
Syn. endorse, confirm, acknowledge; see approve 1 .
2. [Indicate]
Syn. express, signify, signal; see mean 1 , signal .
3. [Consecrate]
Syn. dignify, hallow, ordain, sign with a cross; see bless 3 .
4. [Hire]
Syn. engage, contract, employ; see hire 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. indication mark, clue, hint, intimation, suggestion, trace, *dead giveaway, evidence, earmark, signal, symptom, manifestation, beacon, spoor, trail, herald, omen, harbinger, portent, foreshadowing.
2. posted information signpost, notice, pointer, marker, guidepost, warning, caution, billboard, placard.
II
v.
endorse, write one's name, inscribe, autograph, authorize.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. Something visible or evident that gives grounds for believing in the existence or presence of something else: badge, evidence, index, indication, indicator, manifestation, mark, note, signification, stamp, symptom, token, witness. See SHOW. 2. Something that takes the place of words in communicating a thought or feeling: expression, gesture, indication, token. See SHOW. 3. An expressive, meaningful bodily movement: gesticulation, gesture, indication, motion, signal. Informal: high sign. See EXPRESS. 4. A usually public posting that conveys a message: bill1, billboard, notice, placard, poster. See SHOW. 5. A conventional mark used in a writing system: character, symbol. See MARKS. 6. A phenomenon that serves as a sign or warning of some future good or evil: augury, forerunner, foretoken, omen, portent, prefigurement, presage, prognostic, prognostication. Idiom: writing (or handwriting) on the wall. See FORESIGHT, WARN. II verb 1. To affix one's signature to: autograph, endorse, inscribe, subscribe, undersign. Idioms: put one's John Hancock on, set one's hand to. See LAW. 2. To make bodily motions so as to convey an idea or complement speech: gesticulate, gesture, motion, signal, signalize. Idiom: give the high sign. See EXPRESS.

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