authorized to <sign out> keys

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Hi, could any tell what does the phrasal verb, "sign out", mean in this context:

28.3.1 The following individuals will have access to key boxes within the department All personnel of Officer grade are authorized to sign out keys from the
Officers office"

Thank you
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    You need official permission to gain access to the key to a box. The keys have to be signed out to you by someone of Officer grade, and then signed back in when you return them. You only have access to keys through a duly authorised Officer.
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