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 signify
Visitors are greeted by a looming gothic gate, the kind used to signify that important residents lie behind its spires.
These days the charts are full of pop singers who spill their guts and pop songs that tell us what they're supposed to signify.
In other words, the important thing about the Yellow King and Carcosa isn't what they signify to Reggie Ledoux.‘True Detective’ Episode 5 Review: ‘The Secret Fate of All Life’ is the Best Episode Yet|Andrew Romano|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the Iranians do actually accept the additional protocol, it will signify a major breakthrough.
This could signify a lot of things: a renewed drive by labor, or some wrinkle in the tax code that I'm not aware of.
These two names (Aryan and Semite), then, signify today rather two groups of peoples than two distinct races.History Of Ancient Civilization|Charles Seignobos
Depression is often the only symptom; to some girls the premonitory "blues" signify the approach of the period.The Social Emergency|Various
The young man, clinging to a cleat and watching the struggles of their craft, waved a mittened hand to signify that he agreed.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
Does it signify that everything is arranged and ordered according to the laws of the impelling power?A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
General Doby creased a little in the middle, to signify that he was bowing.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete|Winston Churchill
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]