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take on a new significance

 and take on a new meaning
[for an event] to acquire a new interpretation; [for something] to become more meaningful or more significant. All these monuments take on a new meaning when you realize the amount of human artistry and skill it took to design and build them.
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References in classic literature ?
Even in the case of acknowledged correlatives, and where names exist for each, there will be no interdependence if one of the two is denoted, not by that name which expresses the correlative notion, but by one of irrelevant significance.
I will not destroy its simplicity or its significance by any attempt to quote.
He was sure they were arranged in some order which had a secret and malign significance.
Then suddenly he realized the joyful significance of that wail; tears choked him, and leaning his elbows on the window sill be began to cry, sobbing like a child.
Beauty has significance, but I never knew its significance before.
She had never been tormented by womanhood, and she had lived in a dreamland of Tennysonian poesy, dense even to the full significance of that delicate master's delicate allusions to the grossnesses that intrude upon the relations of queens and knights.
In my desk you will find a crimson candle, which has been blessed by the High Priest and has a peculiar mystical significance.
for their general significance see note on that passage.
Victoria, queen 1837-1901), stands nearly beside The Elizabethan period in the significance and interest of its work.
In his literary and personal essays, therefore, such as the famous ones on Milton and Bacon, which belong early in his career, all his immense reading did not suffice to produce sympathetic and sensitive judgments; there is often more pretentiousness of style than significance of interpretation.
I had read sea-romances in my time, wherein figured, as a matter of course, the lone woman in the midst of a shipload of men; but I learned, now, that I had never comprehended the deeper significance of such a situation--the thing the writers harped upon and exploited so thoroughly.
There was imperative need to adjust myself, to consider the significance of the changed aspect of things.
To all those belauded sages of the academic chairs, wisdom was sleep without dreams: they knew no higher significance of life.
Hamel, though he scareely understood, was quick to appreciate the possible significance of that tentative question.
Today all the significance of his book rose before him with special distinctness, and whole periods ranged themselves in his mind in illustration of his theories.