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Write vs. Sign

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Writeverb

(ambitransitive) To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate.

‘The pupil wrote his name on the paper.’; ‘Your son has been writing on the wall.’;

Signnoun

A visible indication.

‘Their angry expressions were a clear sign they didn't want to talk.’; ‘Those clouds show signs of raining soon.’; ‘Those clouds show little sign of raining soon.’; ‘Signs of disease are objective, whereas symptoms are subjective.’; ‘The sharp sign indicates that the pitch of the note is raised a half step.’; ‘I gave them a thumbs-up sign.’;

Writeverb

(transitive) To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).

‘My uncle writes newspaper articles for The Herald.’;

Signnoun

Physical evidence left by an animal.

‘The hunters found deer sign at the end of the trail.’;

Writeverb

(transitive) To send written information to.

‘(UK) Please write to me when you get there.’; ‘(US) Please write me when you get there.’;

Signnoun

A clearly visible object, generally flat, bearing a short message in words or pictures.

‘The sign in the window advertised a room for rent.’; ‘I missed the sign at the corner so I took the wrong turn.’;

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Writeverb

(transitive) To show (information, etc) in written form.

‘The due day of the homework is written in the syllabus.’;

Signnoun

A wonder; miracle; prodigy.

Writeverb

(intransitive) To be an author.

‘I write for a living.’;

Signnoun

(astrology) An astrological sign.

‘Your sign is Taurus? That's no surprise.’;

Writeverb

}} To record data mechanically or electronically.

‘The computer writes to the disk faster than it reads from it.’;

Signnoun

(mathematics) Positive or negative polarity. (Note: it is improper to place a sign on the number zero)

‘I got the magnitude right, but the sign was wrong.’;

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Writeverb

To fill in, to complete using words.

‘I was very anxious to know my score after I wrote the test.’;

Signnoun

A specific gesture or motion used to communicate by those with speaking or hearing difficulties; now specifically, a linguistic unit in sign language equivalent to word in spoken languages.

Writeverb

To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave.

‘truth written on the heart’;

Signnoun

(uncountable) Sign language in general.

‘Sorry, I don't know sign very well.’;

Writeverb

To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; often used reflexively.

Signnoun

An omen.

‘"It's a sign of the end of the world," the doom prophet said.’;

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Writeverb

To set down, as legible characters; to form the conveyance of meaning; to inscribe on any material by a suitable instrument; as, to write the characters called letters; to write figures.

Signnoun

(medicine) A property of the body that indicates a disease and, unlike a symptom, is unlikely to be noticed by the patient.

Writeverb

To set down for reading; to express in legible or intelligible characters; to inscribe; as, to write a deed; to write a bill of divorcement; hence, specifically, to set down in an epistle; to communicate by letter.

‘Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to one she loves.’; ‘I chose to write the thing I durst not speakTo her I loved.’;

Signnoun

A military emblem carried on a banner or standard.

Writeverb

Hence, to compose or produce, as an author.

‘I purpose to write the history of England from the accession of King James the Second down to a time within the memory of men still living.’;

Signverb

To make a mark

Writeverb

To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth written on the heart.

Signverb

To seal (a document etc.) with an identifying seal or symbol.

‘The Queen signed her letter with the regal signet.’;

Writeverb

To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; - often used reflexively.

‘He who writes himself by his own inscription is like an ill painter, who, by writing on a shapeless picture which he hath drawn, is fain to tell passengers what shape it is, which else no man could imagine.’;

Signverb

(transitive) To mark, to put or leave a mark on.

Writeverb

To form characters, letters, or figures, as representative of sounds or ideas; to express words and sentences by written signs.

‘So it stead you, I will write,Please you command.’;

Signverb

(transitive) To validate or ratify (a document) by writing one's signature on it.

Writeverb

To be regularly employed or occupied in writing, copying, or accounting; to act as clerk or amanuensis; as, he writes in one of the public offices.

Signverb

(transitive) More generally, to write one's signature on (something) as a means of identification etc.

‘I forgot to sign that letter to my aunt.’;

Writeverb

To frame or combine ideas, and express them in written words; to play the author; to recite or relate in books; to compose.

‘They can write up to the dignity and character of the authors.’;

Signverb

To write (one's name) as a signature.

‘Just sign your name at the bottom there.’; ‘I received a letter from some woman who signs herself ‘Mrs Trellis’.’;

Writeverb

To compose or send letters.

‘He wrote for all the Jews that went out of his realm up into Jewry concerning their freedom.’;

Signverb

(intransitive) To write one's signature.

‘Please sign on the dotted line.’;

Writeverb

produce a literary work;

‘She composed a poem’; ‘He wrote four novels’;

Signverb

(intransitive) To finalise a contractual agreement to work for a given sports team, record label etc.

Writeverb

communicate or express by writing;

‘Please write to me every week’;

Signverb

(transitive) To engage (a sports player, musician etc.) in a contract.

‘It was a great month. I managed to sign three major players.’;

Writeverb

have (one's written work) issued for publication;

‘How many books did Georges Simenon write?’; ‘She published 25 books during her long career’;

Signverb

To make the sign of the cross

Writeverb

communicate (with) in writing;

‘Write her soon, please!’;

Signverb

(transitive) To bless (someone or something) with the sign of the cross; to mark with the sign of the cross.

Writeverb

communicate by letter;

‘He wrote that he would be coming soon’;

Signverb

(reflexive) To cross oneself.

Writeverb

write music;

‘Beethoven composed nine symphonies’;

Signverb

To indicate

Writeverb

mark or trace on a surface;

‘The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper’;

Signverb

(intransitive) To communicate using a gesture or signal.

Writeverb

record data on a computer;

‘boot-up instructions are written on the hard disk’;

Signverb

(transitive) To communicate using gestures to (someone).

‘He signed me that I should follow him through the doorway.’;

Writeverb

write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word);

‘He spelled the word wrong in this letter’;

Signverb

(intransitive) To use sign language.

Writeverb

mark (letters, words, or other symbols) on a surface, typically paper, with a pen, pencil, or similar implement

‘Alice wrote down the address’; ‘he wrote his name on the paper’; ‘he wrote very neatly in blue ink’;

Signverb

(transitive) To furnish (a road etc.) with signs.

Writeverb

have the ability to mark coherent letters or words

‘he couldn't read or write’;

Signnoun

That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.

‘Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God.’; ‘It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.’;

Writeverb

fill in or complete (a sheet, cheque, or similar)

‘he had to write a cheque for £800’;

Signnoun

Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument.

‘What time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men, and they became a sign.’;

Writeverb

take (an exam or test)

‘I wrote Prof. Weldon's Middle English exam last week’;

Signnoun

Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture.

‘The holy symbols, or signs, are not barely significative; but what they represent is as certainly delivered to us as the symbols themselves.’; ‘Saint George of Merry England, the sign of victory.’;

Writeverb

write in a cursive hand, as opposed to printing individual letters.

Signnoun

A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas.

‘They made signs to his father, how he would have him called.’;

Writeverb

compose, write, and send (a letter) to someone

‘I wrote him a short letter’; ‘Eleanor wrote to her sister Laura in Paris’; ‘I wrote a letter to Alison’; ‘he wrote almost every day’;

Signnoun

Hence, one of the gestures of pantomime, or of a language of a signs such as those used by the North American Indians, or those used by the deaf and dumb.

Writeverb

write and send a letter to

‘Mother wrote me and told me about poor Simon's death’;

Signnoun

A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard.

‘The shops were, therefore, distinguished by painted signs, which gave a gay and grotesque aspect to the streets.’;

Writeverb

write to an organization, newspaper, etc. with a question, suggestion, or opinion

‘write in with your query’;

Signnoun

The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac.

Writeverb

compose (a text or work) for written or printed reproduction or publication; put into literary form and set down in writing

‘she wrote a bestselling novel’; ‘he wrote under a pseudonym’; ‘I didn't know you wrote poetry’; ‘he had written about the beauty of Andalusia’;

Signnoun

A character indicating the relation of quantities, or an operation performed upon them; as, the sign + (plus); the sign - (minus); the sign of division ÷, and the like.

Writeverb

compose (a musical work)

‘he has written a song specifically for her’;

Signnoun

Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc.

‘An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.’;

Writeverb

add or remove a character to or from (a long-running story or series).

Signverb

To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify.

‘I signed to Browne to make his retreat.’;

Writeverb

describe in writing

‘if I could write the beauty of your eyes’;

Signverb

To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign.

‘We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and do sign him with the sign of the cross.’;

Writeverb

enter (data) into a specified storage medium or location in store

‘files can be read and written directly into the file system’;

Signverb

To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting.

‘Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed,And let him sign it.’;

Writeverb

underwrite (an insurance policy).

Signverb

To assign or convey formally; - used with away.

Signverb

To mark; to make distinguishable.

Signverb

To be a sign or omen.

Signverb

To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs.

Signverb

To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation.

Signnoun

a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened);

‘he showed signs of strain’; ‘they welcomed the signs of spring’;

Signnoun

a public display of a (usually written) message;

‘he posted signs in all the shop windows’;

Signnoun

any communication that encodes a message;

‘signals from the boat suddenly stopped’;

Signnoun

structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted;

‘the highway was lined with signboards’;

Signnoun

(astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

Signnoun

(medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease;

‘there were no signs of asphixiation’;

Signnoun

having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges);

‘he got the polarity of the battery reversed’; ‘charges of opposite sign’;

Signnoun

an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come;

‘he hoped it was an augury’; ‘it was a sign from God’;

Signnoun

a gesture that is part of a sign language

Signnoun

a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified;

‘The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary’;

Signnoun

a character indicating a relation between quantities;

‘don't forget the minus sign’;

Signverb

mark with one's signature; write one's name (on);

‘She signed the letter and sent it off’; ‘Please sign here’;

Signverb

approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation;

‘All parties ratified the peace treaty’; ‘Have you signed your contract yet?’;

Signverb

be engaged by a written agreement;

‘He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18’; ‘The soprano signed to sing the new opera’;

Signverb

engage by written agreement;

‘They signed two new pitchers for the next season’;

Signverb

communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs;

‘He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture’; ‘The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu’;

Signverb

place signs, as along a road;

‘sign an intersection’; ‘This road has been signed’;

Signverb

communicate in sign language;

‘I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin’;

Signverb

make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

Signadjective

used of the language of the deaf

Signnoun

an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else

‘the shops are full, which is a sign that the recession is past its worst’; ‘flowers are often given as a sign of affection’;

Signnoun

something regarded as an indication of what is happening or going to happen

‘the signs are that counterfeiting is growing at an alarming rate’;

Signnoun

used to indicate that someone or something is not where they should be or are expected to be

‘there was still no sign of her’;

Signnoun

an indication of a disease detectable by a medical practitioner even if not apparent to the patient

‘clinical signs of liver disease’;

Signnoun

a miracle regarded as evidence of supernatural power (chiefly in biblical and literary use)

‘he observed signs and miracles taking place’;

Signnoun

the trail of a wild animal

‘wolverine sign’;

Signnoun

a gesture or action used to convey information or an instruction

‘she gave him the thumbs-up sign’;

Signnoun

an action or reaction that conveys something about someone

‘she gave no sign of having seen him’;

Signnoun

a gesture used in a system of sign language.

Signnoun

short for sign language

Signnoun

a symbol or word used to represent an operation, instruction, concept, or object in algebra, music, or other subjects

‘the integral sign ∫’;

Signnoun

a word or gesture given according to prior arrangement as a means of identification; a password.

Signnoun

a notice on public display that gives information or instructions in a written or symbolic form

‘I didn't see the ‘Stop’ sign’;

Signnoun

each of the twelve equal sections into which the zodiac is divided, named from the constellations formerly situated in each, and associated with successive periods of the year according to the position of the sun on the ecliptic

‘a person born under the sign of Virgo’; ‘a sign of the Zodiac’;

Signnoun

the positiveness or negativeness of a quantity

‘the last four bits hold a pattern to represent the sign of the number’;

Signverb

write one's name on (a letter, card, document, etc.) to identify oneself as the writer or sender

‘the card was signed by the whole class’;

Signverb

authorize (a document or other written or printed material) by attaching a signature

‘the two countries signed a non-aggression treaty’;

Signverb

write (one's name) for purposes of identification or authorization

‘she signed her name in the book’; ‘she signed herself Imogen’; ‘he signed on the dotted line’;

Signverb

engage (someone, typically a sports player or a musician) to work for one by signing a contract with them

‘the manager plans to sign a new goalkeeper’;

Signverb

commit oneself to work by signing a contract

‘a new striker has signed for Blackburn’;

Signverb

use gestures to convey information or instructions

‘she signed to her husband to leave the room’;

Signverb

communicate in sign language

‘she was learning to sign’;

Signverb

express or perform (something) in sign language

‘the theatre routinely puts on signed performances’; ‘the Deaf Association Choir signed the hymns’;

Signverb

indicate with signposts or other markers

‘the footpath is signed by the gate’;

Signverb

mark or consecrate with the sign of the cross

‘he signed himself with the cross’;

Sign

A sign is an object, quality, event, or entity whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else. A natural sign bears a causal relation to its object—for instance, thunder is a sign of storm, or medical symptoms a sign of disease.

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