1) N-COUNT A signpost is a sign where roads meet that tells you which direction to go in to reach a particular place or different places.

The lights of the car lit up a signpost...

Turn off at the signpost for Attlebridge.

2) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft N to/of n A signpost is something that helps you to know how a situation or a course of action will develop.

The outcome of tomorrow's elections will be studied carefully as a signpost of voter intentions on the really big day this year...

These events were all signposts pointing toward change.

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