- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to make a movement or sound to give somebody a message, an order, etc. Don't fire until I signal. Did you signal before you turned right? signal (to somebody) (for something) He signalled to the waiter for the bill. signal to/for somebody to do something He signalled to us to join him. The patrolman signalled for her to stop. signal somebody to do something She signalled him to follow. signal something The referee signalled a foul. signal (that)… She signalled (that) it was time to leave. signal which, what, etc… You must signal which way you are going to turn.
- 2[transitive] signal something to be a sign that something exists or is likely to happen synonym indicate This announcement signalled a clear change of policy. The scandal surely signals the end of his political career.
- 3[transitive] to do something to make your feelings or opinions known signal something He signalled his discontent by refusing to vote. signal (that)… She has signalled (that) she is willing to stand as a candidate. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Originverb late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin signale, neuter of late Latin signalis, from Latin signum
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BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they signal
BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəl//he / she / it signals
BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəlz//past simple signalled
BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəld//past participle signalled
BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəld//(US English) past simple signaled
BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəld//(US English) past participle signaled
BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəld//-ing form signalling
BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəlɪŋ//(US English) -ing form signaling
BrE BrE//ˈsɪɡnəlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪɡnəlɪŋ//