sig·​ni·​fied | \ ˈsig-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce signified (audio) \

Definition of signified

: a concept or meaning as distinguished from the sign through which it is communicated — compare signifier sense 2

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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, "Laurent Binet and the Case of the Dead Author," 20 Sep. 2017

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Signified.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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