Signify vs. Sign

Signify vs. Sign — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Signify and Sign

Signifyverb

To denote; mean

A red traffic light signifies that traffic must stop.

Signnoun

Something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality

A high temperature is a sign of fever.

Signifyverb

To be a sign or indication of; suggest or imply

The test results will signify how serious the problem is. The surge in housing starts signifies an upturn in the economy.

Signnoun

An act or gesture used to convey an idea, a desire, information, or a command

gave the go-ahead sign.

Signifyverb

To make known, as with a sign or word

He signified his disagreement with a frown.

Signnoun

Sign language.

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Signifyverb

To have meaning or importance.

Signnoun

A displayed structure bearing lettering or symbols, used to identify or advertise a place of business

a motel with a flashing neon sign outside.

Signifyverb

(Slang) To exchange humorous insults in a verbal game.

Signnoun

A posted notice bearing a designation, direction, or command

an EXIT sign above a door.a traffic sign.

Signifyverb

To create a sign out of something.

Signnoun

A conventional figure or device that stands for a word, phrase, or operation; a symbol, as in mathematics or in musical notation.

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Signifyverb

To give (something) a meaning or an importance. lang=en

Signnoun

pl. sign An indicator, such as a dropping or footprint, of the trail of an animal

looking for deer sign.

Signifyverb

To show one’s intentions with a sign etc.; to indicate, announce.

Signnoun

A trace or vestige

no sign of life.

Signifyverb

To mean; to betoken.

Signnoun

A portentous incident or event; a presage

took the eclipse as a sign from God.

Signifyverb

To make a difference; to matter (in negative or interrogative expressions).

Signnoun

(Medicine) An objective finding, usually detected on physical examination, from a laboratory test, or on an x-ray, that indicates the presence of abnormality or disease.

Signifyverb

denote or connote;

`maison' means `house' in FrenchAn example sentence would show what this word means

Signnoun

One of the 12 divisions of the zodiac, each named for a constellation and represented by a symbol.

Signifyverb

convey or express a meaning;

These words mean nothing to me!What does his strange behavior signify?

Signverb

To affix one's signature to

signed the letter.

Signifyverb

make known with a word or signal;

He signified his wish to pay the bill for our meal

Signverb

To write (one's signature)

signed her name to the contract.

Signverb

To approve or ratify (a document) by affixing a signature, seal, or other mark

sign a bill into law.

Signverb

To hire or engage by obtaining a signature on a contract

signed a rookie pitcher for next season.sign up actors for a tour.

Signverb

To relinquish or transfer title to by signature

signed away all her claims to the estate.

Signverb

To provide with a sign or signs

sign a new highway.

Signverb

To communicate with a sign or signs

signed his approval with a nod.

Signverb

To express (a word or thought, for example) in a sign language

signed her reply to the question.

Signverb

To consecrate with the sign of the cross.

Signverb

To make a sign or signs; signal.

Signverb

To communicate in a sign language.

Signverb

To write one's signature.

Signnoun

A visible indication.

Their angry expressions were a clear sign they didn't want to talk.Those clouds show signs of raining soon.Those clouds show little sign of raining soon.Signs of disease are objective, whereas symptoms are subjective.The sharp sign indicates that the pitch of the note is raised a half step.I gave them a thumbs-up sign.

Signnoun

Physical evidence left by an animal.

The hunters found deer sign at the end of the trail.

Signnoun

A clearly visible object, generally flat, bearing a short message in words or pictures.

The sign in the window advertised a room for rent.I missed the sign at the corner so I took the wrong turn.

Signnoun

A wonder; miracle; prodigy.

Signnoun

(astrology) An astrological sign.

Your sign is Taurus? That's no surprise.

Signnoun

(mathematics) Positive or negative polarity. (Note: it is improper to place a sign on the number zero)

I got the magnitude right, but the sign was wrong.

Signnoun

A specific gesture or motion used to communicate by those with speaking or hearing difficulties; now specifically, a linguistic unit in sign language equivalent to word in spoken languages.

Signnoun

(uncountable) Sign language in general.

Sorry, I don't know sign very well.

Signnoun

An omen.

"It's a sign of the end of the world," the doom prophet said.

Signnoun

(medicine) A property of the body that indicates a disease and, unlike a symptom, is unlikely to be noticed by the patient.

Signnoun

A military emblem carried on a banner or standard.

Signverb

To make a mark

Signverb

To seal (a document etc.) with an identifying seal or symbol.

The Queen signed her letter with the regal signet.

Signverb

(transitive) To mark, to put or leave a mark on.

Signverb

(transitive) To validate or ratify (a document) by writing one's signature on it.

Signverb

(transitive) More generally, to write one's signature on (something) as a means of identification etc.

I forgot to sign that letter to my aunt.

Signverb

To write (one's name) as a signature.

Just sign your name at the bottom there.I received a letter from some woman who signs herself ‘Mrs Trellis’.

Signverb

(intransitive) To write one's signature.

Please sign on the dotted line.

Signverb

(intransitive) To finalise a contractual agreement to work for a given sports team, record label etc.

Signverb

(transitive) To engage (a sports player, musician etc.) in a contract.

It was a great month. I managed to sign three major players.

Signverb

To make the sign of the cross

Signverb

(transitive) To bless (someone or something) with the sign of the cross; to mark with the sign of the cross.

Signverb

(reflexive) To cross oneself.

Signverb

To indicate

Signverb

(intransitive) To communicate using a gesture or signal.

Signverb

(transitive) To communicate using gestures to (someone).

He signed me that I should follow him through the doorway.

Signverb

(intransitive) To use sign language.

Signverb

(transitive) To furnish (a road etc.) with signs.

Signnoun

a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened);

he showed signs of strainthey welcomed the signs of spring

Signnoun

a public display of a (usually written) message;

he posted signs in all the shop windows

Signnoun

any communication that encodes a message;

signals from the boat suddenly stopped

Signnoun

structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted;

the highway was lined with signboards

Signnoun

(astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided

Signnoun

(medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease;

there were no signs of asphixiation

Signnoun

having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges);

he got the polarity of the battery reversedcharges of opposite sign

Signnoun

an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come;

he hoped it was an auguryit was a sign from God

Signnoun

a gesture that is part of a sign language

Signnoun

a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified;

The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary

Signnoun

a character indicating a relation between quantities;

don't forget the minus sign

Signverb

mark with one's signature; write one's name (on);

She signed the letter and sent it offPlease sign here

Signverb

approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation;

All parties ratified the peace treatyHave you signed your contract yet?

Signverb

be engaged by a written agreement;

He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18The soprano signed to sing the new opera

Signverb

engage by written agreement;

They signed two new pitchers for the next season

Signverb

communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs;

He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gestureThe diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu

Signverb

place signs, as along a road;

sign an intersectionThis road has been signed

Signverb

communicate in sign language;

I don't know how to sign, so I could not communicate with my deaf cousin

Signverb

make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

Signadjective

used of the language of the deaf