One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘this decision signified a fundamental change in their priorities’
be evidence of, be a sign of, mark, signal, mean, spell, add up to, amount to, denote, be symptomatic of, be a symptom of, reveal, manifest, designate
announce, herald, be an indication of, indicate, point to
2‘the symbol of an egg signifies life’
mean, denote, designate, represent, symbolize, stand for, correspond to, be equivalent to, imply
3‘signify your agreement by signing the letter below’
express, indicate, show, communicate, intimate
announce, proclaim, declare, pronounce
withhold, keep secret
4‘the locked door doesn't necessarily signify’
mean anything, mean something, be of importance, be of consequence, be important, be significant, be of significance, carry weight, be of account, count, matter, be relevant
informal cut any ice
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