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Meaning of SIGNIFY

Pronunciation:  'signu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
  2. [v]  convey or express a meaning; "These words mean nothing to me!"; "What does his strange behavior signify?"
  3. [v]  make known with a word or signal; "He signified his wish to pay the bill for our meal"

SIGNIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: intend, mean, stand for
 See Also: indicate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sig"ni*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Signified}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Signifying}.] [F. signifier, L. significare; signum a
sign + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Sign}, n., and
1. To show by a sign; to communicate by any conventional
   token, as words, gestures, signals, or the like; to
   announce; to make known; to declare; to express; as, a
   signified his desire to be present.

         I 'll to the king; and signify to him That thus I
         have resign'd my charge to you.       --Shak.

         The government should signify to the Protestants of
         Ireland that want of silver is not to be remedied.

2. To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken.

         He bade her tell him what it signified. --Chaucer.

         A tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
         Signifying nothing.                   --Shak.

Note: Signify is often used impersonally; as, it signifies
      nothing, it does not signify, that is, it is of no

Syn: To express; manifest; declare; utter; intimate; betoken;
     denote; imply; mean.