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Signify, 1) to mean, to purport, to have a certain sense: Wiv. I, 1, 21. Meas. III, 2, 10. Mids. III, 1, 71. H5 III, 6, 33. H6C V, 6, 54. H6C V, 6, 54 Tit. II, 3, 32. Caes. II, 2, 87. Caes. II, 2, 87 Mcb. V, 5, 28.
2) to give notice, to announce, to impart (German: melden): “the tenour of them doth but s. my health and happy being at your court,” Gent. III, 1, 56. “s. so much,” LLL II, 33. “to s. the approaching of his lord,” Merch. II, 9, 88. “s. within the house, your mistress is at hand,” V, 51. “to s. their coming,” V, 51 “to s. my success in Libya,” Wint. V, 1, 165. R2 III, 3, 49. H6B III, 1, 283. III, 2, 368. R3 I, 4, 97 (Ff s. to him, Qq certify his grace). III, 5, 59. III, 7, 70 (Ff I'll s. so much unto him, Qq I'll tell him what you say). Troil. IV, 5, 155. Tit. V, 1, 3. Rom. III, 3, 170. Tim. I, 2, 125. III, 4, 37. Hml. III, 2, 317. V, 2, 105. Ant. III, 1, 30. Absol.: it (a letter) “shall seem to s.” Merch. II, 4, 11 (Launcelot's speech). “in such great letters as they write "Here is good horse to hire" let them s. under my sign "Here you may see Benedick the married man,"” Ado I, 1, 268.
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