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verb signify pronunciation in British English /ˈsɪɡnɪfaɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesignifying
past tensesignified
past participlesignified
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  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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