- (in linguistics) the signified.
- to be of importance or consequence.
Origin of signify
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Examples from the Web for signifies
This is by far the best line of the entire movie, because it signifies that the movie is over.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream
August 18, 2014
To men, long hair on a woman is a turn-on because it signifies fertility and clichéd ideas of femininity.Goodbye Pixie Cut, Hello Lob: The Haircut Taking Over Hollywood
June 16, 2014
But its what the death of ADAM signifies, not simply the loss of it, that discourages Wish.Gov't Abandons Best Survey for Counting U.S. Drug Users
April 8, 2014
It had a pendant that looked like a house, which to me signifies warmth and happiness.Susan Cain: How I Write
May 8, 2013
The voter-turnout statement is also meaningful for what it signifies.Arab League Urges Palestinian-Israelis To Vote
January 21, 2013
This signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war.
But when it is at the End, it signifies, that the Foot must remain up.Orchesography
What signifies owning a fault without mending it, you'll say?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
I shall not stay in them: so it signifies nothing to tell you how to direct to me hither.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The Hova term for polygamy is rafy, which signifies adversary.The Sexual Question
- (tr) to indicate, show, or suggest
- (tr) to imply or portendthe clouds signified the coming storm
- (tr) to stand as a symbol, sign, etc (for)
- (intr) informal to be significant or important
Word Origin and History for signifies
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]