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meaning

noun mean·ing \ˈmē-niŋ\

: the idea that is represented by a word, phrase, etc.

: the idea that a person wants to express by using words, signs, etc.

: the idea that is expressed in a work of writing, art, etc.

Full Definition of MEANING

1
a :  the thing one intends to convey especially by language :  purport
b :  the thing that is conveyed especially by language :  import
2
:  something meant or intended :  aim <a mischievous meaning was apparent>
3
:  significant quality; especially :  implication of a hidden or special significance <a glance full of meaning>
4
a :  the logical connotation of a word or phrase
b :  the logical denotation or extension of a word or phrase
meaning adjective
mean·ing·ly \-niŋ-lē\ adverb
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Examples of MEANING

  1. What is the precise meaning of this word in English?
  2. an old word that has taken on a new meaning
  3. The word has both literal meanings and figurative meanings.
  4. a word with various shades of meaning
  5. Don't distort her meaning by taking her words out of context.
  6. I didn't understand the meaning of his remark.
  7. Literary critics disagree about the meanings of his poems.
  8. a poem with subtle shades of meaning
  9. What is the meaning of life?
  10. It's a story about the true meaning of Christmas.

First Known Use of MEANING

14th century

Rhymes with MEANING

MEANING Defined for Kids

meaning

noun mean·ing \ˈmē-niŋ\

Definition of MEANING for Kids

1
:  the idea that is represented by a word, phrase, or statement
2
:  the idea a person intends to express by something said or done <What is the meaning of this behavior?>
3
:  the reason or explanation for something <… Father Wolf taught him … the meaning of things in the jungle … — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book>
4
:  the quality of communicating something or of being important <He gave me a look full of meaning.>

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