Signify and Tell


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Signify verb – To serve as a sign or symptom of.
Usage example: the opening of the new mall signifies the city's overdue emergence from economic depression

Tell is a synonym for signify in mean topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Signify", when it comes to topics like declare, indicate.
Nearby Words: sign, signification, signified, signifying
Synonyms for Signify


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Signify is a synonym for tell in declare topic. Sometimes you can use "Signify" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as indicate, reveal.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

character signify character tell character

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / Ristar More obvious in the Japanese version where even the tell that signify which of the three bird statues would attack is in sync with the music.
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