Hypertext Webster Gateway: "signifying"

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
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.

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

Syn: To express; manifest; declare; utter; intimate; betoken;
denote; imply; mean.

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