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n. Linguistics
The concept that a signifier denotes.

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


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


(ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪd)

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
References in classic literature ?
Thus the Iliad is one by the linking together of parts, the definition of man by the unity of the thing signified.
After these preparations he signified that the two men should be brought before him, and greeted them with this salutation: "What sort of a king do I seem to you to be, O strangers?
He signified, further, that it was customary for great chiefs when they met, to make each other presents.
For all that any man may gainsay, the ketch Arangi, trader and blackbirder in the Solomon Islands, may have signified in Jerry's mind as much the mysterious boat that traffics between the two worlds, as, at one time, the boat that Charon sculled across the Styx signified to the human mind.
I should have proposed that he give me some explanation; but he put a finger to his lips, which evidently signified that he had not only determined not to speak, but also enjoined silence on my part.
If these buildings signified new firms coming into the area, and new jobs, many - myself included - would probably say: "OK, fair enough".
Unlike the symbol which predominates in poetry produced in organic societies, and in which the signified is supposedly immanent in the signifier, the distance between the signifier and the signified in allegory and the contradiction in irony recreate the distance between the individual and society.