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
Two-time recipient of the Andy Kerr Award signifying Colgate's MVP (1982-83).
The flag’s blue half-circle represents Bellingham Bay and the two stars signify the Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Lummi Nation, according to Lockhart’s description on his website.
Related For example, if the government corrects a previous release and says the unemployment rate was actually lower, that could signify the economy is doing well.
Backyard gardens are nothing new, but using them to address the wider problem of food insecurity would signify a return to our roots as an agrarian society, a time when farmers and families looked out for one another.
The decision to hear the case could signify that some of the Supreme Court's more conservative justices believe Ohio and other states have a right to purge voters for not voting in several successive elections.
Bronze stars were for exceptional valor and oak leaf clusters signified the person had sustained serious combat wounds.
Exactly a half-hour later, the ringing of a bell signified the end of the private encounter.
A brand signifies a consistent customer experience.
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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 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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