[ UK /sˈɪɡnɪfˌa‍ɪ/ ]
[ US /ˈsɪɡnəˌfaɪ/ ]
  1. convey or express a meaning
    What does his strange behavior signify?
    These words mean nothing to me!
  2. denote or connote
    `maison' means `house' in French
    An example sentence would show what this word means
  3. make known with a word or signal
    He signified his wish to pay the bill for our meal
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How To Use signify In A Sentence

  • In what follows I shall claim that postmodern cultural forms do indeed signify, only that they signify differently.
  • When terms which signify mixed perfections are predicated of God, the analogy becomes so faint that the locution is a mere metaphor. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne
  • Nobody really knows what the marks on the ancient stones signify.
  • Perhaps we are to view the epagomenal days as signifying Red Ice Creations
  • These days the term bruschetta has come to signify garlic toast topped with diced tomatoes. Undefined
  • The term garland was also technically used to signify a crown of precious metal, often adorned with gems, made for the arrangement of natural or artificial flowers before the altar or sacred image at festival times. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI
  • In Roman times, men standing for public office would wear white togas to signify their purity.
  • There is another couple walking down the street, this one pre-consumerist, their handclasp signifying a ‘right of ownership’ in which she is ‘silently, sadly, complicit.’
  • One might say that the true subject of the horror genre is the struggle for recognition of all that our civilization represses or oppresses, its reemergence dramatized, as in our nightmares, as an object of horror, a matter for terror, and the happy ending (when it exists) typically signifying the restoration of repression. January 2010
  • What does the byline on a newspaper story signify?
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