noun, plural si·gni·fiés [see-nyee-fyey] /si nyiˈfyeɪ/, French.
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 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|Amy Zimmerman|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Erin Cunningham|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Abby Haglage|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It had a pendant that looked like a house, which to me signifies warmth and happiness.
The voter-turnout statement is also meaningful for what it signifies.
It signifies in a word or two nearly all that is to be said about clouds.Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5)|John Ruskin
Its name is of Indian origin and signifies "the island at the falls."The Hudson|Wallace Bruce
Under some conditions it signifies thieving, which probably refers to the theft of the girdle.Prophetical, Educational and Playing Cards|Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer
Either relates to two persons or things taken separately, and signifies the one or the other.English Grammar in Familiar Lectures|Samuel Kirkham
The Poles call it gwozdiec or gwodziec, which signifies a nail that splits the wood into which it is driven.Curiosities of Medical Experience|J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (when tr, may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for signify
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]