signify


sig·ni·fy

verb \ˈsig-nə-ˌfī\

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

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

: to have importance

sig·ni·fiedsig·ni·fy·ing

Full Definition of SIGNIFY

transitive verb
1
a :  to be a sign of :  mean
b :  imply
2
:  to show especially by a conventional token (as word, signal, or gesture)
intransitive verb
1
:  to have significance :  matter <it will not much signify what one wears — Jane Austen>
2
:  to engage in signifying

Examples of SIGNIFY

  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 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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