sign-off

or sign·off

[ sahyn-awf, -of ]
/ ˈsaɪnˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

the act or fact of signing off.
personal approval or authorization; endorsement.

Origin of sign-off

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase sign off

Definition for sign off (2 of 2)

Origin of sign

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English signe < Old French < Latin signum mark, sign, ensign, signal, image; (v.) Middle English signen to mark with a sign, especially the sign of the cross < Old French signer < Latin signāre to mark with a sign, inscribe, affix a seal to, derivative of signum

SYNONYMS FOR sign

1, 4 signal.
10 indication, hint, augury. Sign, omen, portent name that which gives evidence of a future event. Sign is a general word for whatever gives evidence of an event—past, present, or future: Dark clouds are a sign of rain or snow. An omen is an augury or warning of things to come; it is used only of the future, in general, as good or bad: birds of evil omen. Portent, limited, like omen, to prophecy of the future, may be used of a specific event, usually a misfortune: portents of war.

OTHER WORDS FROM sign

sign·less, adjectivesign·like, adjectivepost·sign, verb (used with object)un·signed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sign

sign sing (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for sign off (1 of 2)

sign off

verb (adverb)

(intr) to announce the end of a radio or television programme, esp at the end of a day
(intr) bridge to make a conventional bid indicating to one's partner that one wishes the bidding to stop
(tr) to withdraw or retire from (an activity)
(tr) (of a doctor) to declare (someone) unfit for work, because of illness
(intr) British to terminate one's claim to unemployment benefit

British Dictionary definitions for sign off (2 of 2)

sign
/ (saɪn) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of sign

signable, adjective

Word Origin for sign

C13: from Old French signe, from Latin signum a sign
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Medicine definitions for sign off

sign
[ sīn ]

n.

An objective finding, usually detected on physical examination, from a laboratory test, or on an x-ray, that indicates the presence of abnormality or disease.
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Science definitions for sign off

sign
[ sīn ]

A body manifestation, usually detected on physical examination or through laboratory tests or xrays, that indicates the presence of abnormality or disease. Compare symptom.
See symbol. See Table at symbol.
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Idioms and Phrases with sign off (1 of 2)

sign off

1

Announce the end of a communication, especially a broadcast. For example, There's no one there now; the station has signed off for the night. [c. 1920]

2

Stop talking, become silent, as in Every time the subject of marriage came up, Harold signed off. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]

3

Express approval formally or conclusively, as in The President got the majority leader to sign off on the tax proposal. This usage is colloquial.

Idioms and Phrases with sign off (2 of 2)

sign

In addition to the idioms beginning with sign

  • sign in
  • sign off
  • sign on
  • sign one's own death warrant
  • sign on the dotted line
  • sign out
  • sign over
  • sign up

, see

  • high sign
  • show signs of
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