signifié

[see-nyee-fyey]
noun, plural signifiés [see-nyee-fyey] . French.
(in linguistics) the signified.
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signify

[sig-nuh-fahy]
verb (used with object), signified, signifying.
1.
to make known by signs, speech, or action.
2.
to be a sign of; mean; portend.
verb (used without object), signified, signifying.
3.
to be of importance or consequence.

Origin:
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.
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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]
 
'signifiable
 
adj
 
'signifier
 
n

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signify
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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Example sentences
The bulky elephant, which signifies our emotions, makes the first decisive
  moves along a moral trajectory.
It signifies the return of the oscillating climate of the eighties and nineties.
Remember that a lull often signifies the storm's eye-not its end.
Besides, in a centred mind, it signifies nothing how many mechanical inventions
  you exhibit.
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