signified

noun

sig·​ni·​fied ˈsig-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce signified (audio)
: a concept or meaning as distinguished from the sign through which it is communicated compare signifier sense 2

Examples of signified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Binet’s characters carry on with all of the arbitrariness of signifiers that have been freed from their signifieds. Sven Birkerts, New Republic, 20 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of signified was in 1939

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“Signified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signified. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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