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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Signify \Sig"ni*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Signified; p. pr. &
vb. n. Signifying.] [F. signifier, L. significare; signum a
sign + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Sign, n., and
1. To show by a sign; to communicate by any conventional
token, as words, gestures, signals, or the like; to
announce; to make known; to declare; to express; as, a
signified his desire to be present.
I 'll to the king; and signify to him
That thus I have resign'd my charge to you. --Shak.
The government should signify to the Protestants of
Ireland that want of silver is not to be remedied.
2. To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken.
He bade her tell him what it signified. --Chaucer.
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. --Shak.
Note: Signify is often used impersonally; as, it signifies
nothing, it does not signify, that is, it is of no
Syn: To express; manifest; declare; utter; intimate; betoken;
denote; imply; mean.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a
word or expression or situation can be interpreted; "the
dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best
sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked
to the signified" [syn: sense, signified]
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