Definition for signified (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), sig·ni·fied, sig·ni·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), sig·ni·fied, sig·ni·fy·ing.
Origin of signify
Examples from the Web for signified
Remember when it signified an actual ... “madwoman”, in an actual ... “attic”?Six Fictional Marriages that Have Gone Very, Very Wrong|Jean Hanff Korelitz|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To them, that “signified a lack of recovery and inability to move on.”People Who Have Had Rebound Sex Tell Us Why It Is Awesome|Emily Shire|January 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People wanted to know what she was wearing, not because it signified anything, but simply because it was on her back.
Ruth could hardly face returning to America and the failure that would have signified.
When the House censured Charlie Rangel yesterday, it signified a shift in how Congress does business.
Anath signified the fountain of light, and was abbreviated Nath and Neith by the Egyptians.
That was the pet name which Elfgiva had given to her Danish attendant because it signified lively one.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Of these friends, forty-four in number, only seventeen were marked with the g which signified that their friendship was trusted.A History of English Prose Fiction|Bayard Tuckerman
His London world talked of a hardening of heart and a tightening of purse-strings which signified disloyalty to the Cause.A Diversity of Creatures|Rudyard Kipling
Its position at Montreal signified the recognized place for parley councils for peace overtures.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime|William Henry Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for signified
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (when tr, may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for signify
Word Origin and History for signified
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]