Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make remarkable or conspicuous.
  • transitive verb To point out particularly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make signal; render conspicuously noteworthy; distinguish in a special or exceptional manner: used of a person, reflexively, or of his actions, directly or indirectly: as, to signalize one's self by great deeds or great crimes; to signalize one's administration by reformatory zeal.
  • To indicate or point out distinctly; make special note or mention of; specialize.
  • To signal; make signals to; indicate by a signal.
  • To make signals; hold communication by signals.
  • Also spelled signalise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make signal or eminent; to render distinguished from what is common; to distinguish.
  • transitive verb To communicate with by means of a signal.
  • transitive verb To indicate the existence, presence, or fact of, by a signal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make signal or eminent; to render distinguished from what is common.
  • verb transitive To communicate with by means of a signal.
  • verb To make something noticeable, different, remarkable or conspicuous, especially by gesticulation.
  • verb nonstandard, transitive To signal; to indicate the existence, presence, or fact of, by a signal.
  • verb nonstandard To install a traffic signal at an intersection that is currently regulated by stop signs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb provide with traffic signals
  • verb point out carefully and clearly
  • verb make conspicuous or noteworthy
  • verb communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From signal +‎ -ize.

Examples

  • Potlatch means "a giving," and John Fox's intention was to signalize his marriage with Lit-lit by a potlatch as generous as she was good - looking.

    THE MARRIAGE TO LIT-LIT

  • [2] I beg you to accept Mrs B — s acknowledgements for hers and all favours [3] — — Your Eagle is a noble fellow and no doubt could, over a joint of meat, signalize himself in

    Letter 215

  • Fox holds a potlatch to signalize his marriage to Lit-Lit and she, "tearfully shy and frightened, is bedecked by her husband with a new calico dress, splendidly beaded mocassins, a gorgeous silk handkerchief over her raven hair, a purple scarf about her throat, brass earrings and finger-rings, and a whole pint of pinchbeck jewelry, including a Waterbury watch."

    “I, in the course of making my living by turning journalism into literature. . .”

  • For him the “function of news is to signalize an event, the function of truth is to bring to light the hidden facts, to set them in relation with each other, and make a picture of reality on which men can act.”

    Pigs fly, and the Times chides Obama on the oil spill

  • It could have been put there to signalize (for this is quite early in Fellowship, when the hobbits are still in the Shire) that this part of the Red Book was written by Bilbo, a less truthful and more florid narrator than Frodo.

    Death carries a camcorder

  • I would imagine it will be necessary to signalize the intersection (s) and probably ultimately widen 250 through there.

    BoS Approves Old Trail Village at cvillenews.com

  • “A crown of roses! to signalize a double conquest,” cried Bixiou, glancing at Coralie.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • Nay, they are rather wont to signalize iniquity than to chase it away, and hence arises our indignation that honours so often fall to the most iniquitous of men.

    Consolation of Philosophy

  • "The function of news is to signalize an event, the function of truth is to bring to light the hidden facts."

    Blaming Others First: Warmongering and the "Pseudo-environment" of Warped American Exceptionalism

  • May Heaven signalize its vengeance, in the face of all the world, upon the most abandoned and profligate of men! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

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