To signify is to indicate, represent or imply something.
An example of signify is to show a disrespectful attitude that indicates a lack of interest or respect.
- to be a sign or indication of; mean: the rags that signify their poverty
- to show or make known, as by a sign, words, etc.: to signify approval by saying “aye”
Origin of signifyMiddle English signifien ; from Old French signifier ; from Classical Latin significare ; from signum, a sign + facere, to make, do
to have meaning or importance; be significant; matter
verbsig·ni·fied, sig·ni·fy·ing, sig·ni·fies
- To denote; mean: A red traffic light signifies that traffic must stop.
- To be a sign or indication of; suggest or imply: The test results will signify how serious the problem is. The surge in housing starts signifies an upturn in the economy.
- To make known, as with a sign or word: He signified his disagreement with a frown.
- To have meaning or importance.
- Slang To exchange humorous insults in a verbal game.
Origin of signifyMiddle English signifien, from Old French signifier, from Latin significare : signum, sign; see sign + -ficare, -fy.