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signify

sig·ni·fy

signify

 
pronunciation:
sIg n faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: signified, signifies, signifying
definition 1: to serve as a sign of; mean.
I've seen this symbol many times, but I can't remember what it signifies.A closed door often signifies that privacy is requested.
synonyms:
bespeak, denote, designate, indicate, mean, portend, represent, stand for
similar words:
augur, bode, connote, import, predicate, presage, symbolize, token
definition 2: to make known; express.
Both leaders have now signified that they are ready to negotiate.
synonyms:
communicate, convey, denote, disclose, express, indicate, reveal
similar words:
declare, impart, proclaim
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to matter or have importance or meaning.
synonyms:
carry weight, count, import, matter
similar words:
point
definition 2: (slang) esp. among U.S. blacks, to engage in a verbal game of humorous insults.
derivations: signifiable (adj.), signifier (n.)