Definition of sign on in English:

sign on

phrasal verb

  • 1Commit oneself to employment, membership of a society, or some other undertaking.

    ‘I'll sign on with a nursing agency’
    • ‘I quickly realized that I made the biggest mistake of my life letting Tina sign on with a model agency.’
    • ‘In other words, like Jackson, Horry is smart enough to always sign on with the best team.’
    • ‘The deal also marks the first new U.S.-based sponsor to sign on with the league in more than a year.’
    • ‘Some companies will use other company's results in order to get you to sign on with them.’
    • ‘Around that time, an intriguing start-up invited me to sign on as employee number five.’
    • ‘The office allows people to sign on as members of the movement, make proposals, and seek help and answers.’
    • ‘The popularity of the club is growing with a number of new recruits signing on to learn the ropes.’
    • ‘A contract actor generally signs on for three years and is a major part of the core storylines.’
    • ‘Like Gutierrez, he had signed on with a US recruiting firm to guard US installations.’
    • ‘Thousands of people signed on as contract workers, largely due to increased earning power.’
    enlist, take a job, sign, join, join up, join the forces, join the services, enrol, register, volunteer, put one's name down, become a member
  • 2British Register as unemployed.

    • ‘At the time, I was eking out a precarious living: signing on as unemployed and writing the occasional dance review for The Scotsman.’
    • ‘This period was also financially trying - Jennifer even found herself signing on to receive unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘It is calculated that over 6,000 more people have signed on to the live unemployment register in the past year.’
    • ‘It was always a struggle, and sometimes I had to sign on for unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘The number of people signing on for unemployment benefits increased slightly in August, most due to short term claims.’
    • ‘Campaigners have claimed victory in their battle to stop Witham's unemployed having to travel to other towns to sign on.’
    • ‘The unemployment figures showed fewer Scots signing on, yet there seemed to be no signs of increasing prosperity in our most depressed estates.’
    • ‘There was good news for job hunters across the county with all Kerry centres registering a drop in the numbers signing on in April.’
    • ‘Figures on the live register in March this year said that 828 were signing on in the Portarlington area.’
    • ‘New jobless figures showing a rise in the number of people signing on are being viewed with alarm by politicians and employers alike.’