Sign Sign, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Signed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Signing}.] [OE. seinen to bless, originally, to make the sign of the cross over; in this sense fr. ASS. segnian (from segn, n.), or OF. seignier, F. signer, to mark, to sign (in sense 3), fr. L. signare to mark, set a mark upon, from signum. See {Sign}, n.] 1. To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify. [1913 Webster]

I signed to Browne to make his retreat. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign. [1913 Webster]

We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and do sign him with the sign of the cross. --Bk. of Com Prayer. [1913 Webster]

3. To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting. [1913 Webster]

Inquire the Jew's house out, give him this deed, And let him sign it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To assign or convey formally; -- used with away. [1913 Webster]

5. To mark; to make distinguishable. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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