Definition of signify
Examples of signify in a sentence
A check mark next to your name signifies that you have met all the requirements.
The recent decline of the stock market does not necessarily signify the start of a recession.
He gave her a diamond ring to signify his love.
Whether he agrees or not does not signify.
Did You Know?
Signify basically means "to make a sign or signal". One of its synonyms is indicate; the index finger is the finger you point with, so to indicate is essentially to point to something. Significant means "important" and significance means "importance;" similarly, insignificant means "unimportant" and insignificance means "lack of importance".
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
SIGNIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of signify for English Language Learners
: to be a sign of (something) : to mean (something)
: to show (your feelings, intentions, opinions, etc.) by doing something
: to have importance
SIGNIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of signify for Students
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