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v. sig·ni·fied, sig·ni·fy·ing, sig·ni·fies
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.
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.


(ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ ɪŋ)

a game or playful confrontation, as playing the dozens, in which witty insults are exchanged.
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A sentence or phrase may form a unity in two ways,--either as signifying one thing, or as consisting of several parts linked together.
But hurried on by the precipitancy of youth, and having his imperial majesty's license to pay my attendance upon the emperor of Blefuscu, I took this opportunity, before the three days were elapsed, to send a letter to my friend the secretary, signifying my resolution of setting out that morning for Blefuscu, pursuant to the leave I had got; and, without waiting for an answer, I went to that side of the island where our fleet lay.
2): "a true sentence is one signifying only as things are", and "a false sentence is one signifying other than things are".
Nian' means year and 'Gao' means cake but it also means getting higher, signifying a more prosperous new year.
Participants danced, beat drums and carried Pagodas; signifying various evils.
A Blue Star banner, signifying a family member is in the military, hung in a front window.
She proposes an intertextual study of nine novels by Ernest Gaines, Toni Morrison, and Gloria Naylor as signifying on Jean Toomer's Cane, which inaugurates what she calls the African American pastoral.
The color photo of one man notes that his "sword denotes his royal lineage, the silk tie [around it] signifying that it is carried in peace.
The alert level went from orange, signifying a high threat of terrorist attacks, to yellow, signifying an elevated threat.
As a result, only the upper portions of the documents were visible, all but signifying, with effective simplicity, what Leopardi expressed in his great poem dedicated to the "extreme vanity of everything.
Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in the York Corpus Christi Plays.
Walt Whitman's charmingly insouciant acknowledgment might well stand as an epigraph to Mustapha Marrouchi's ambitious, frustrating, engaging new book, Signifying With A Vengeance.