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.
Recent Examples of signify from the Web
Parents will give the eighth graders beaded necklaces signifying their clans and the younger students will give them presents.
Richardson has filed the paperwork signifying his exploration.
Pritchard also said dealing George wouldn't necessarily signify that the team was beginning its rebuilding process.
Each chair has three feet — a device often used by artists to signify movement.
At the end of each lap, racers will blow up a balloon to help signify healthy lungs, Littell said.
Double-red flags are up in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Destin, Panama City and along the Florida Panhandle, signifying the water is off limits.
The numbers haven’t signified a trend yet, Fimbres said, though investigators believe several recent Fort Worth homicides have been drug-related, including a shooting that left two dead and five injured in southeast Fort Worth on June 9.
Before even the ’Aints era, when the fans would put paper bags over their heads to signify their dissatisfaction yet would still show up religiously.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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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