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signified

[sig-nuh-fahyd] /ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪd/
noun, Linguistics.
1.
the thing or concept denoted by a sign.
Compare signifier.
Origin of signified
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; signify + -ed2
Related forms
unsignified, adjective

signify

[sig-nuh-fahy] /ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), signified, signifying.
1.
to make known by signs, speech, or action.
2.
to be a sign of; mean; portend.
verb (used without object), signified, signifying.
3.
to be of importance or consequence.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English signifien < Old French signifier < Latin significāre to make a sign, indicate, mention, denote. See sign, -ify
Related forms
signifiable, adjective
unsignifiable, adjective
Synonyms
1. signal, express, indicate. 2. represent, indicate, denote, betoken, imply.
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  • Their names often signified some quality of a horse; as Leucippus, a white horse, &c.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • She told me, It signified nothing to talk: I knew the expectation of every one.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • What signified it whether you was married in a red or a yellow waistcoat?

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • Then, with a wave of his hand, he signified to the boys to run out and play games.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • She signified her helplessness with a quick and dainty movement of her hands.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for signified

signify

/ˈsɪɡnɪˌfaɪ/
verb (when transitive, may take a clause as object) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to indicate, show, or suggest
2.
(transitive) to imply or portend: the clouds signified the coming storm
3.
(transitive) to stand as a symbol, sign, etc (for)
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to be significant or important
Derived Forms
signifiable, adjective
signifier, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French signifier, from Latin significāre, from signum a sign, mark + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for signified

signify

v.

late 13c., "be a sign of, indicate, mean," from Old French signifier (12c.), from Latin significare "to make signs, show by signs, point out, express; mean, signify; foreshadow, portend," from significus (adj.), from signum "sign" (see sign (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Intransitive sense of "to be of importance" is attested from 1660s. Meaning "engage in mock-hostile banter" is American English black slang first recorded 1932.

...'signifying,' which in Harlemese means making a series of oblique remarks apparently addressed to no one in particular, but unmistakable in intention in such a close-knit circle. ["Down Beat," March 7, 1968]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for signified

signify

verb

To make provocative comments in a gamelike manner; snap, sound: any black kid who has stood in a school yard or on a street corner engaging in the mock-hostile banter that blacks call ''signifying''/ In Chicago you still get people doing the old-style rhyming; that's called signifying (1932+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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