noun Linguistics.
the thing or concept denoted by a sign.
Compare signifier.

1630–40; signify + -ed2

unsignified, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object), signified, signifying.
to make known by signs, speech, or action.
to be a sign of; mean; portend.
verb (used without object), signified, signifying.
to be of importance or consequence.

1200–50; Middle English signifien < Old French signifier < Latin significāre to make a sign, indicate, mention, denote. See sign, -ify

signifiable, adjective
unsignifiable, adjective

1. signal, express, indicate. 2. represent, indicate, denote, betoken, imply. Unabridged
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signify (ˈsɪɡnɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  (tr) to indicate, show, or suggest
2.  (tr) to imply or portend: the clouds signified the coming storm
3.  (tr) to stand as a symbol, sign, etc (for)
4.  informal (intr) to be significant or important
[C13: from Old French signifier, from Latin significāre, from signum a sign, mark + facere to make]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from O.Fr. signifier (12c.), from L. significare "to show by signs, mean, signify," from significus (adj.), from signum "sign" (see sign (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Intrans. sense of "to be of importance" is
attested from 1660s. Meaning "engage in mock-hostile banter" is Amer.Eng. black slang first recorded 1932.
"...'signifying,' which in Harlemese means making a series of oblique remarks apparently addressed to no one in particular, but unmistakable in intention in such a close-knit circle." ["Down Beat," March 7, 1968]
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Slang Dictionary

signify definition

  1. in.
    to cause trouble for fun; to stir things up. (Black.) : What are all these cats signifying about anyway?
  2. in.
    to try to look more important than one really is; to brag; to strut (one's) stuff. (Black.) : See that dude signify like somebody important?
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Example sentences
One could say that the government's talk of cuts has been full of sound and
  fury, but signified nothing.
Or as the semiologists would say, a politician's rhetoric is the signifier
  rather than the signified.
Truth consists in a correspondence between the thing signified and the
  signification of it.
National quirks that previously signified greatness were now derided.
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