Definitions for signifyˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sig•ni•fyˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ(v.)-fied, -fy•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to make known by signs, speech, or action.

  2. to be a sign of; mean; portend.

  3. (v.i.)to be of importance or consequence.

Origin of signify:

1200–50; ME < OF signifier < L significāre to make a sign, indicate. See sign , -i- , -fy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mean, intend, signify, stand for(verb)

    denote or connote

    "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"

  2. signify(verb)

    convey or express a meaning

    "These words mean nothing to me!"; "What does his strange behavior signify?"

  3. signify(verb)

    make known with a word or signal

    "He signified his wish to pay the bill for our meal"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. signify(verb)ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ

    to indicate or mean sth

    What does lowering the flag signify?


  1. signify(Verb)

    To give (something) a meaning or an importance.

  2. signify(Verb)

    To show oneu2019s intentions with a sign etc.

  3. signify(Verb)

    To mean; to betoken.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Signify(noun)

    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

  2. Signify(noun)

    to mean; to import; to denote; to betoken


  1. Signify

    Signify is the fourth studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. It was released in September 1996 and later re-released in 2003 with a second disc of demos, which had previously been released on the b-side cassette tape Insignificance, and a third time, on vinyl, on 9 May 2011. It was the first album that frontman Steven Wilson recorded with the band on board from the beginning; previous albums had been essentially solo efforts with occasional help from other musicians.

Translations for signify

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to be a sign of; to mean

His frown signified disapproval.

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