signified


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sig·ni·fied

 (sĭg′nə-fīd′)
n. Linguistics
The concept that a signifier denotes.

[Translation of French signifié, past participle of signifier, to signify.]

signified

(ˈsɪɡnɪfaɪd)
n
(Linguistics) linguistics the meaning expressed by a sign rather than the physical form it is expressed in

sig•ni•fied

(ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪd)

n.
Ling. the concept denoted by a signifier.
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Noun1.signified - the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted; "the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked to the signified"
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
word meaning, word sense, acceptation - the accepted meaning of a word
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The Delaware, whose name in English signified "Hard Heart," an appellation that the French had translated into "le Coeur- dur," forgot that obduracy of purpose, which had probably obtained him so significant a title.
It had been intended, there could be no doubt, as an ornamental article of dress; but how it was to be worn, or what rank, honour, and dignity, in by-past times, were signified by it, was a riddle which (so evanescent are the fashions of the world in these particulars) I saw little hope of solving.
Grose's face signified that it had been indeed, but she said at the same time: "Poor woman--she paid for it
The delegate explained to him how it depended upon their being able to get every man to join and stand by the organization, and so Jurgis signified that he was willing to do his share.
Had she been a person of consequence herself, he would have come I dare say; and it would not have signified whether he did or no.
He had only then come from the library; and, in passing through the lobby, had noticed our talking and been attracted by curiosity, or fear, to examine what it signified, at that late hour.
Captain Wragge signified his approval of the arrangement, and followed Magdalen to the garden gate.
Attorney-General now signified to my Lord, that he deemed it necessary, as a matter of precaution and form, to call the young lady's father, Doctor Manette.
One night when Miss Murdstone had been developing certain household plans to her brother, of which he signified his approbation, my mother suddenly began to cry, and said she thought she might have been consulted.
A rere-supper was a night-meal, and sometimes signified a
Perhaps I had better say no more, Gertrude, by turning away to put up her cue, signified that that was a point for him to consider; she not intending to trouble herself about it.
Now this duty of cross-examining other men has been imposed upon me by God; and has been signified to me by oracles, visions, and in every way in which the will of divine power was ever intimated to any one.