Definitions

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

  • noun The concept that a signifier denotes.

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  • noun linguistics, structuralism The concept or idea evoked by a sign.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of signify.

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  • noun the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Translation of French signifié, past participle of signifier, to signify.]

Examples

  • Initially, the label signified that 100% of the wood used in a product was harvested by sustainable methods.

    FSC's 'Green' Label for Wood Products Gets Growing Pains

  • I had been taught that “itis” at the end of a word signified some kind of inflammation and I was exposed to the insight that “gastr” was supposed to make you think about stomachs; so I creatively surmised correctly that the word “gastritis” might well relate to inflammation of the stomach.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Let animal be the term signified by A, mortal by B, and immortal by C, and let man, whose definition is to be got, be signified by D.

    Prior Analytics

  • I had been taught that “itis” at the end of a word signified some kind of inflammation and I was exposed to the insight that “gastr” was supposed to make you think about stomachs; so I creatively surmised correctly that the word “gastritis” might well relate to inflammation of the stomach.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Bush called himself the “asterisk candidate,” referring to the fact that an asterisk following his name signified that poll takers found no support at all for him.

    COMPLETING THE REVOLUTION

  • Bush called himself the “asterisk candidate,” referring to the fact that an asterisk following his name signified that poll takers found no support at all for him.

    COMPLETING THE REVOLUTION

  • Bush called himself the “asterisk candidate,” referring to the fact that an asterisk following his name signified that poll takers found no support at all for him.

    COMPLETING THE REVOLUTION

  • Let animal be the term signified by A, mortal by B, and immortal by C, and let man, whose definition is to be got, be signified by D.

    PRIOR ANALYTICS

  • Flandry didn't know what the title signified -- and Merseian grades were subtle, variable things -- but it was plainly a high one, since the aristocratic-deferential form of address was used.

    A Circus of Hells

  • In his book The Peace Process, William Quant traces American-led negotiations from the mid-1970s when the term signified a "gradual, step-by-step approach to resolving one of the world's most difficult conflicts."

    Dissident Voice

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