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1. n. [French signifié] In linguistics and semiotics, the mental concept represented by the signifier in the Saussurean model of the sign. In bracketing the referent, Saussure does not exclude the indirect reference of signs to physical objects in the world as well as to abstract concepts and fictional entities, but the signified is not itself a referent in the world (in contrast to Peirce's object). The term is often used more broadly to refer to what the signifier ‘stands for’.

2. Simple past and past participle of verb to signify: that which is meant, indicated, or symbolized. See also signification.

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