Sig·ni·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Signified p. pr. & vb. n. Signifying ]
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. --Swift.
2. To mean; to import; to denote; to betoken.
He bade her tell him what it signified. --Chaucer.
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 importance.
Syn: -- To express; manifest; declare; utter; intimate; betoken; denote; imply; mean.