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verb     signify pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlesignifying
past tensesignified
past participlesignified
  1. 1
    [transitive] to be a sign or symbol of something

    The stars on the American flag signify the fifty states.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to mean something

    What does the motto, “Don’t tread on me” signify?

  3. 3
    [transitive] to do something to communicate a message or meaning

    The jury signifies its decision with a show of hands.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to have influence or an important effect on something

    The results of this experiment do not signify.

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