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verb sig·ni·fy \ˈsig-nə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of signify

  • : to be a sign of (something) : to mean (something)

  • : to show (your feelings, intentions, opinions, etc.) by doing something

  • : to have importance

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of signify



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to be a sign of :  meanb :  imply

  3. 2 :  to show especially by a conventional token (as word, signal, or gesture)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to have significance :  matter <it will not much signify what one wears — Jane Austen>

  6. 2 :  to engage in signifying

Examples of signify in a sentence

  1. A check mark next to your name signifies that you have met all the requirements.

  2. The recent decline of the stock market does not necessarily signify the start of a recession.

  3. He gave her a diamond ring to signify his love.

  4. Whether he agrees or not does not signify.

Origin and Etymology of signify

Middle English signifien, from Anglo-French signifier, from Latin significare to indicate, signify, from signum sign

First Known Use: 13th century

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SIGNIFY Defined for Kids


verb sig·ni·fy \ˈsig-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of signify for Students



  1. 1 :  1mean 1, denote <A check mark signifies a correct answer.>

  2. 2 :  to show especially by a sign :  make known <She nodded to signify agreement.>

  3. 3 :  to have importance :  matter <“It doesn't signify what you THINK … Facts is facts.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea>

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