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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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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.
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.
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?' The Lying Traveler replied, "You seem to me a most mighty king." "And what is your estimate of those you see around me?' "These," he made answer, "are worthy companions of yourself, fit at least to be ambassadors and leaders of armies." The Ape and all his court, gratified with the lie, commanded that a handsome present be given to the flatterer.
Thus the Iliad is one by the linking together of parts, the definition of man by the unity of the thing signified.]
For a moment, I was inclined to think these changes signified that she had discovered my absence from home during the night, and that she had some suspicion of the true cause of it.
Besides, if he could hope to find no bar to his happiness from the daughter, he thought himself certain of meeting an effectual bar in the father; who, though he was a country squire in his diversions, was perfectly a man of the world in whatever regarded his fortune; had the most violent affection for his only daughter, and had often signified, in his cups, the pleasure he proposed in seeing her married to one of the richest men in the county.
The name of Waban signified, in the Indian tongue, wind; so that when the preacher uttered the words, "say to the wind," it was as if he had proclaimed, "say to Waban." As this man afterwards exerted much influence in awaking the attention of his fellow savages to Christianity, it might seem that in this first visit of the messengers of the gospel he was singled out by a special call to work in the cause.
A few days afterward, four of them signified to Captain Bonneville that they were about to hunt.
They have telegraphed his Majesty, and he has signified his willingness to grant us an audience.
The judges signified their assent without giving their reasons, they were in a hurry.
"Yes, be sure of it; for every time that that confounded belt of mine stuck fast to my back, it always signified a punishment from M.