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Definition of Signify


  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.
  2. To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken.

Signify Quotations

The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
Sydney J. Harris

All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Abatement in the hostility of one's enemies must never be thought to signify they have been won over. It only means that one has ceased to constitute a threat.
Quentin Crisp

The fixed stars signify the angel in man. That is why man orients himself by them; and that is why women have no appreciation for the starry sky; because they have no sense of the angel in man.
Otto Weininger
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Signify Translations

signify in Afrikaans is beteken
signify in Danish is betyde
signify in Dutch is beduiden, betekenen
signify in French is signifier, signifiez, signifient, signifions
signify in German is bedeuten, bezeichnen, kennzeichnen
signify in Italian is volere dire
signify in Latin is volo (sibi velle)
signify in Portuguese is signifique
signify in Spanish is significar
signify in Swedish is beteckna, betyda
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