from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To denote; mean.
- transitive v. To make known, as with a sign or word: signify one's intent.
- intransitive v. To have meaning or importance. See Synonyms at count1.
- intransitive v. Slang To exchange humorous insults in a verbal game.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give (something) a meaning or an importance.
- v. To show one’s intentions with a sign etc.
- v. To mean; to betoken.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be a sign or token of (a fact or pretended fact); represent or suggest, either naturally or conventionally; betoken; mean.
- To import, in the Paracelsian sense. See signature, 2.
- To import relatively; have the purport or bearing of; matter in regard to (something expressed or implied): as, that signifies little or nothing to us; it signifies much.
- To make known by signs, speech, or action; communicate; give notice of; announce; declare.
- To exhibit as a sign or representation; make as a similitude.
- Synonyms To manifest, intimate, denote, imply, indicate.
- To have import or meaning; be of consequence; matter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. denote or connote
- v. make known with a word or signal
- v. convey or express a meaning
Middle English signifien, from Old French signifier, from Latin significāre : signum, sign; see sign + -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)