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sig·ni·fy

 (sĭg′nə-fī′)
v. sig·ni·fied, sig·ni·fy·ing, sig·ni·fies
v.tr.
1. To denote; mean: A red traffic light signifies that traffic must stop.
2. To be a sign or indication of; suggest or imply: The test results will signify how serious the problem is. The surge in housing starts signifies an upturn in the economy.
3. To make known, as with a sign or word: He signified his disagreement with a frown.
v.intr.
1. To have meaning or importance.
2. Slang To exchange humorous insults in a verbal game.

[Middle English signifien, from Old French signifier, from Latin significāre : signum, sign; see sign + -ficāre, -fy.]

sig′ni·fi′a·ble adj.
sig′ni·fi′er n.

signify

(ˈsɪɡnɪˌfaɪ)
vb (when tr, may take a clause as object) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. (tr) to indicate, show, or suggest
2. (tr) to imply or portend: the clouds signified the coming storm.
3. (tr) to stand as a symbol, sign, etc (for)
4. (intr) informal to be significant or important
[C13: from Old French signifier, from Latin significāre, from signum a sign, mark + facere to make]
ˈsigniˌfiable adj
ˈsigniˌfier n

sig•ni•fy

(ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ)

v. -fied, -fy•ing. v.t.
1. to make known by signs, speech, or action.
2. to be a sign of; mean; portend.
v.i.
3. to be of importance or consequence.
[1200–50; Middle English < Old French signifier < Latin significāre to make a sign, indicate. See sign, -i-, -fy]

signify


Past participle: signified
Gerund: signifying

Imperative
signify
signify
Present
I signify
you signify
he/she/it signifies
we signify
you signify
they signify
Preterite
I signified
you signified
he/she/it signified
we signified
you signified
they signified
Present Continuous
I am signifying
you are signifying
he/she/it is signifying
we are signifying
you are signifying
they are signifying
Present Perfect
I have signified
you have signified
he/she/it has signified
we have signified
you have signified
they have signified
Past Continuous
I was signifying
you were signifying
he/she/it was signifying
we were signifying
you were signifying
they were signifying
Past Perfect
I had signified
you had signified
he/she/it had signified
we had signified
you had signified
they had signified
Future
I will signify
you will signify
he/she/it will signify
we will signify
you will signify
they will signify
Future Perfect
I will have signified
you will have signified
he/she/it will have signified
we will have signified
you will have signified
they will have signified
Future Continuous
I will be signifying
you will be signifying
he/she/it will be signifying
we will be signifying
you will be signifying
they will be signifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been signifying
you have been signifying
he/she/it has been signifying
we have been signifying
you have been signifying
they have been signifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been signifying
you will have been signifying
he/she/it will have been signifying
we will have been signifying
you will have been signifying
they will have been signifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been signifying
you had been signifying
he/she/it had been signifying
we had been signifying
you had been signifying
they had been signifying
Conditional
I would signify
you would signify
he/she/it would signify
we would signify
you would signify
they would signify
Past Conditional
I would have signified
you would have signified
he/she/it would have signified
we would have signified
you would have signified
they would have signified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.signify - denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
denote, refer - have as a meaning; "`multi-' denotes `many' "
signify - convey or express a meaning; "These words mean nothing to me!"; "What does his strange behavior signify?"
2.signify - convey or express a meaning; "These words mean nothing to me!"; "What does his strange behavior signify?"
signify, stand for, mean, intend - denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
mean, intend - mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"
3.signify - make known with a word or signal; "He signified his wish to pay the bill for our meal"
indicate - to state or express briefly; "indicated his wishes in a letter"

signify

verb
1. indicate, show, mean, matter, suggest, announce, evidence, represent, express, imply, exhibit, communicate, intimate, stand for, proclaim, convey, be a sign of, symbolize, denote, connote, portend, betoken The two approaches signified a sharp difference between the men.
2. make known, show, express, indicate, announce, display, declare, signal, register, communicate, proclaim Two jurors signified their dissent.

signify

verb
1. To have or convey a particular idea:
Idiom: add up to.
2. To be of significance or importance:
Translations
يُظْهِر، يُبَيِّنيَعْني، يكون إشارَةً
projevitznamenat
betydetilkendegive
merkjasÿna
prasmingas
izrādītnorādīt uznozīmētparādīt
pomeniti

signify

[ˈsɪgnɪfaɪ]
A. VT
1. (= mean) → querer decir, significar
what does it signify?¿qué quiere decir?, ¿qué significa?
2. (= make known) → indicar
to signify one's approvalindicar su aprobación
B. VI it does not signifyno importa
in the wider context it does not signifyen el contexto más amplio no tiene importancia

signify

[ˈsɪgnɪfaɪ] vt
(= represent) → signifier
the orange robes that signify a follower of Hare Krishna
BUT les robes oranges qui signalent un adepte de Hare Krishna.
(= indicate) → signifier
to signify that ... → signifier que ...

signify

vt
(= mean)bedeuten
(= indicate)andeuten, erkennen lassen
vi (dated) it/he doesn’t signifydas/er spielt keine Rolle

signify

[ˈsɪgnɪˌfaɪ]
1. vt (mean) → significare; (indicate) → indicare; (make known) → manifestare, esprimere

signify

(ˈsignifai) verb
1. to be a sign of; to mean. His frown signified disapproval.
2. to show; to make known by a sign, gesture etc. He signified his approval with a nod.
significance (sigˈnifikəns) noun
meaning or importance. a matter of great significance.
significant (sigˈnifikənt) adjective
1. important; having an important effect. a significant event/development.
2. having a special meaning; meaningful. a significant look/smile.
3. considerable; marked. There was no significant change in the patient's condition; There was a significant drop in the number of road accidents last year.
significantly (sigˈnifikəntli) adverb
1. in a significant manner. He patted his pocket significantly.
2. to an important degree. Sales-levels are significantly lower than last year, which is very disappointing.

signify

v. significar.
References in classic literature ?
With an Indian 'tis a matter of conscience; what he calls himself, he generally is--not that Chingachgook, which signifies Big Sarpent, is really a snake, big or little; but that he understands the windings and turnings of human natur', and is silent, and strikes his enemies when they least expect him.
Can it be, then, that by that act of physical isolation, he signifies his spiritual withdrawal for the time, from all outward worldly ties and connexions?
He cocked his head to one side, shut one eye and put the other one to the hole, like a possum looking down a jug; then he glanced up with his bright eyes, gave a wink or two with his wings--which signifies gratification, you understand--and says, 'It looks like a hole, it's located like a hole--blamed if I don't believe it IS a hole
It has been urged that the presence of the accused brothers in that fatal room, just after notification that one of them must take the life of Judge Driscoll or lose his own the moment the parties should meet, clearly signifies that the natural of self-preservation moved my clients to go there secretly and save Count Luigi by destroying his adversary.
The flame flickers in the eye; the eye shines like dew; it looks soft and full of feeling; it smiles at my jargon: it is susceptible; impression follows impression through its clear sphere; where it ceases to smile, it is sad; an unconscious lassitude weighs on the lid: that signifies melancholy resulting from loneliness.
A Beein' signifies, in that dialect, a home, and to fisherate is to provide.
In the centre of the upper table, were placed two chairs more elevated than the rest, for the master and mistress of the family, who presided over the scene of hospitality, and from doing so derived their Saxon title of honour, which signifies ``the Dividers of Bread.
She soon got it out again, and put it right; `not that it signifies much,' she said to herself; `I should think it would be QUITE as much use in the trial one way up as the other.
Jam in that language signifies sea, and suf is the name of a plant in Aethiopia, from which the Abyssins extract a beautiful crimson; whether this be the same with the gouesmon, I know not, but am of opinion that the herb gives to this sea both the colour and the name.
What signifies a declaration, that "the liberty of the press shall be inviolably preserved"?
Losing patience at what appeared to me intolerable rudeness, I brought my mouth into a position full in front of her mouth so as to intercept her motion, and loudly repeated my question, "Woman, what signifies this concourse, and this strange and confused chirping, and this monotonous motion to and fro in one and the same Straight Line?
The name Sargasso comes from the Spanish word "sargazzo" which signifies kelp.