signifying

[sig-nuh-fahy-ing]
noun
sounding1 ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1955–60; signify + -ing1

unsignifying, adjective
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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
Other similar stone structures were objects of veneration, signifying places of
  power or the abode of spirits.
Signs signifying how far away major cities in the world are.
The bulky microphone soon took on a symbolic role, signifying the urgency and
  excitement of radio itself.
Astronomers spot earliest light signifying a star's doom.
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