- vt. 表示；意味；预示
- vi. 有重要性；要紧；冒充内行
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1、sign- + -ify.
- signify (v.)
- late 13c., "be a sign of, indicate, mean," from Old French signifier (12c.), from Latin significare "to make signs, show by signs, point out, express; mean, signify; foreshadow, portend," from significus (adj.), from signum "sign" (see sign (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Intransitive sense of "to be of importance" is attested from 1660s. Meaning "engage in mock-hostile banter" is American English black slang first recorded 1932.
...'signifying,' which in Harlemese means making a series of oblique remarks apparently addressed to no one in particular, but unmistakable in intention in such a close-knit circle. ["Down Beat," March 7, 1968]
- 1. The striped band round a policeman's sleeve is to signify that he is on duty.
- 2. The UN flag was raised at the airport yesterday to signify that control had passed into its hands.
- 3. State ownership in itself does not signify collective control.
- 4. It doesn't signify, so you needn't worry about it.
- 这无所谓, 你不必担心.
- 5. Do dark clouds signify rain?
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