verb sig·ni·fy \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


Full Definition of SIGNIFY

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


verb sig·ni·fy \ˈsig-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of SIGNIFY for Kids

:  1mean 1, denote <A check mark signifies a correct answer.>
:  to show especially by a sign :  make known <She nodded to signify agreement.>
:  to have importance :  matter <“It doesn't signify what you THINK … Facts is facts.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea>


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