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Definition of signify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they signify
    he / she / it signifies
    past simple signified
    -ing form signifying
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  1. 1[transitive] to be a sign of something synonym mean signify something This decision signified a radical change in their policies. What does the term “patrician” signify? signify that… This mark signifies that the products conform to an approved standard. The white belt signifies that he's an absolute beginner.
  2. 2[transitive] to do something to make your feelings, intentions, etc. known signify something She signified her approval with a smile. The jury signifies its verdict by a show of hands. In 2007 Spain signified its desire to join the Council. signify that… He nodded to signify that he agreed.
  3. 3[intransitive] (usually used in questions or negative sentences) to be important or to matter His presence no longer signified.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: signify