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1. To record one's departure in a list, log book, or register. All visitors must sign out when they are leaving the premises. Please remember to sign out when you have finished your shift, or else your pay for that period may not be calculated correctly.
2. To enter one's or someone else's name in a list, log book, or register to record their departure from some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sign" and "out." You'll have to have one of the adjudicators sign you out if you need to leave the exam room. A supervisor must sign out any employee who needs to leave work early.
3. To end or announce the end of a program, transmission, broadcast, or other mass communication. And that brings us to the end of today's show. Until next time, this is your host, John Bicksby, signing out.
4. To end one's session in a digital account or network (typically one accessed by having entered personal credentials); to log out. If you're using a public computer, always make sure you sign out at the end of your session. You should always sign out of these websites after you're finished shopping.
5. To cause someone's session in a digital account or network to be ended; to log someone out. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "sign" and "out." Just when I was about to finalize the purchase, the site signed me out.
6. To record the temporary removal of something that one or someone else is borrowing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sign" and "out." You'll have to sign the equipment out if you want to take it from the lab. You can sign out three books at a time. You'll have to return them first if you want to borrow more.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
to indicate that one is leaving a place or going out temporarily by signing a piece of paper or a list. I forgot to sign out when I left. Please sign out every time you leave.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Record the departure of a person or the removal of an object, as in He turned in his room key and signed out about an hour ago, or I asked the librarian how many books I could sign out. [c. 1930]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To record the departure of another or oneself by signing a register: Go to the front desk and sign out while I take the bags to the car. Don't forget to sign out your guest when you leave the club. I signed myself out as I was leaving.
2. To borrow some item and register the borrowing by signing one's name: They signed out all the canoes at the club. If you would like to examine the file more closely, you can sign it out and take it home.
3. To disconnect someone from some computer resource to which one has been connected or logged on: Remember to sign out of your account before you leave the computer. The website automatically signs you out after 15 minutes.
4. To end communication and disconnect officially. Used to notify others: The trucker radioed the dispatcher and signed out. Now that I've finished my story, I'm signing out!
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.