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signifying


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Signify  \Sig"ni*fy\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Signified};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Signifying}.]  [F.  signifier,  L.  significare;  signum  a 
  sign  +  -ficare  (in  comp.)  to  make  See  {Sign},  n.,  and 
  {-fy}.] 
  1.  To  show  by  a  sign;  to  communicate  by  any  conventional 
  token,  as  words  gestures,  signals,  or  the  like  to 
  announce;  to  make  known  to  declare;  to  express;  as  a 
  signified  his  desire  to  be  present. 
 
  I  'll  to  the  king;  and  signify  to  him  That  thus  I 
  have  resign'd  my  charge  to  you  --Shak. 
 
  The  government  should  signify  to  the  Protestants  of 
  Ireland  that  want  of  silver  is  not  to  be  remedied. 
  --Swift. 
 
  2.  To  mean  to  import;  to  denote;  to  betoken. 
 
  He  bade  her  tell  him  what  it  signified.  --Chaucer. 
 
  A  tale  Told  by  an  idiot,  full  of  sound  and  fury, 
  Signifying  nothing.  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  Signify  is  often  used  impersonally;  as  it  signifies 
  nothing,  it  does  not  signify,  that  is  it  is  of  no 
  importance. 
 
  Syn:  To  express;  manifest;  declare;  utter;  intimate;  betoken; 
  denote;  imply;  mean 




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