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Signify is a member of the word family significant, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb signify

What does signify mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: signified

  1. denote or connote
  2. convey or express a meaning
    • example: What does his strange behavior signify?
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: intend / mean = mean or intend to express or convey
  3. make known with a word or signal
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: indicate = to state or express briefly

Alternative definition of the verb signify


  1. To give (something) a meaning or an importance.
  2. To show one’s intentions with a sign etc.


Signify is a musical group.

  • album: "Foreplay"


"Signify" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Signify

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Google previewThe Roman Law of Obligations (2014)

by Peter Birks

And, in the definition of obligation, what the words secundum nostrae civitatis iura signify is that for the purposes of legal study the only obligations which come into view are those recognised by law of the state. That tells us nothing about the ...

Google previewLabor and Desire (2000)

Women's Revolutionary Fiction in Depression America by Paula Rabinowitz

signify is a looming contradiction because a form cannot be found to narrate the combination effectively. Hence the framed narrative, in which the now-educated, politically active, ...

Google previewLeadership In Early Childhood (2012)

by Rodd, Jillian

What eruptions of discord, disharmony and conflict signify is the breakdown of communication and interpersonal relationships in the team.

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Of this kind is tshfi,7 an arrow, which from the straight course of an arrow, was used to signify direct, right, a •word spoken, directly to the point ; and hence when combined with khoi,' a mouth, it forms </iee,' knowledge; of which more hereafter.

Google previewA dictionary of new medical terms, a suppl. to 'An illustrated dictionary of medicine, biology and allied sciences'. (1905)

by George Milbry Gould

Mon- is employed as a prefix to signify one. Nitro- indicates the group N02. Pent- is applied as a prefix to signify Jive, per- denotes in a rather vague sense an indefinitely large amount of the body to which it is prefixed, or to which it is referred.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

which from being originally used to denote order, command, was at length applied to signify the thing ordered or appointed, as shee-ling, the various parts of time ordered or appointed, that is, the months of the year. Of this kind is tshee," an ...

Google previewThe Student's Medical Dictionary (1896)

Including All the Words and Phrases Generally Used in Medicine, with Their Proper Pronunciation and Definitions-- by George Milbry Gould

Di- is applied as a prefix to signify two. Im- indicates the group NH. Ket- indicates the molecule CO in certain structural relations. Mon- is employed as a prefix to signify one. N<tro- indicates the group NOg. Pent- is applied as a prefix to signify ...

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Small photo of Acorus calamus or Calamus or Myrtle grass or Sweet flag or Sweet root flower. (Thai language depicted in the photo has signify same as english language.)Small photo of Lent cross decorated for Easter Sunday, adorned with bright daffodils and two red roses to signify the nailsSmall photo of White disabled sign on the side the train signify this train is for defective person.Small photo of The One O'Clock Gun has been in daily use except on Sundays, Good Fridays and Christmas Days since 1861 to signify the arrival of 1p.m. to all mariners on the Firth of Fourth. Edinburgh, Nov 10, 2017Small photo of Colourful pink and red blooms on a bush signify spring and the approaching summer in England.Small photo of Black and red aircraft seen from above to signify anti collision or airspace traffic.Small photo of Black and red aircraft seen from above to signify anti collision or airspace traffic. More...

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Quotes about Signify

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open? (Seneca)
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Scrabble value of S1I1G2N1I1F4Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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