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[ sig-nuh-fahyd ]


, Linguistics.
  1. the thing or concept denoted by a sign.

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Other Words From

  • un·signi·fied adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of signified1

First recorded in 1630–40; signify + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

Remember when it signified an actual ... “madwoman”, in an actual ... “attic”?

The Milton Ager and Jack Yellow song signified the end of a dark era in American history...and the start of something new.

To them, that “signified a lack of recovery and inability to move on.”

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.

It signified that he had definitely given up pretending that he had the power of shaking off the obsession.

Without any training in or natural bent for diplomacy, Aguinaldo had not the faintest idea of what foreign “protection” signified.

Both signified his death, and the opening up thereby of a way of access to God.

This event, which would have meant so much to any other young man, signified little to Tchaikovsky.

Even Mr. Pizotti signified his satisfaction with the way in which the play proceeded.