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Definitions of signify

  1. denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. make known with a word or signal; "He signified his wish to pay the bill for our meal" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. convey or express a meaning; "These words mean nothing to me!"; "What does his strange behavior signify?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To be of importance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To show by a sign; to communicate by any conventional token, as words, gestures, signals, or the like; to announce; to make known; to declare; to express; as, a signified his desire to be present. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To show by a sign, mark, or token; make known; to declare; as, to signify one's consent; to denote; to mean. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To be of consequence or importance; to matter. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Signified. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Signifying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To make known by a sign or by words: to mean: to indicate or declare: to have consequence:-pa.t. and pa.p. signified. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Signification. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To make known; mean; have consequence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. To make known by signs or words; betoken in any way. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To amount to; matter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To make known either by signs or words; to declare; to mean; to import; to matter; to make known. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To have or contain a certain sense; to denote; to mean; to make known; to express or declare by a token; to have consequence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. sig'ni-f[=i], v.t. to make known by a sign or by words: to mean: to indicate or declare: to have consequence.--v.i. to be of consequence:--pa.t. and pa.p. sig'nif[=i]ed.--adj. SIG'NIFIABLE, that may be signified or represented by symbols.--n. SIGNIF'ICANCE, that which is signified: meaning: importance: moment--also SIGNIF'ICANCY.--adj. SIGNIF'ICANT, signifying: expressive of something: standing as a sign.--adv. SIGNIF'ICANTLY.--ns. SIGNIF'ICATE, in logic, one of several things signified by a common term; SIGNIFIC[=A]'TION, act of signifying: that which is signified: meaning.--adj. SIGNIF'IC[=A]TIVE, signifying: denoting by a sign: having meaning: expressive.--adv. SIGNIF'IC[=A]TIVELY, in a significative manner: so as to betoken by an external sign.--ns. SIGNIF'IC[=A]TIVENESS, the quality of being significative; SIGNIF'IC[=A]TOR, one who signifies: (astrol.) a planet ruling a house.--adj. SIGNIF'ICATORY. [L. signific[=a]re, -[=a]tum, signum, a sign, fac[)e]re, to make.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Be a sign or indication or presage of (a long upper lip signifies obstinacy; a halo signifies rain); mean, have as meaning, (D.D. signifies doctor of divinity); communicate, make known, (he signified his reluctance, that he could not consent); be of importance matter, (esp. in negative contexts, as it does not s.). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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