signify

verb sig·ni·fy \ ˈsig-nə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of signify

signified; signifying
transitive verb
1 a : to be a sign of : mean
b : imply
2 : to show especially by a conventional token (such 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 in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of signify from the Web

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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

signify Synonyms

Synonyms
count, import, mean, matter, weigh
Related Words
affect, concern, influence, sway; add up (to), amount (to)

SIGNIFY Defined for English Language Learners

signify

verb

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

signify

verb sig·ni·fy \ ˈsig-nə-ˌfī \

Definition of signify for Students

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


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