- something that is signified; meaning or sense
- the act of signifying
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the act or fact of signifying;
- Latin significātiōn- (stem of significātiō) signal, emphasis, meaning, equivalent. to significāt(us), past participle of significāre to signify (see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
- Old French signification, significaciun)
- Middle English significacion ( 1250–1300
- to make known:All those in favor, please signify your agreement by saying "Aye.''
- to be a sign of; have the meaning of:A sign showing a cigarette inside a red circle with a red line through it signifies "No smoking.''
- to make known by signs, speech, or action.
- to be a sign of;
- to be of importance or consequence.
- Latin significāre to make a sign, indicate, mention, denote. See sign, -ify
- Old French signifier
- Middle English signifien 1200–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged signal, express, indicate.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged represent, indicate, denote, betoken, imply.