meaning

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noun mean·ing \ˈmē-niŋ\

Definition of meaning

  1. 1a :  the thing one intends to convey especially by language :  purport Do not mistake my meaning.b :  the thing that is conveyed especially by language :  import Many words have more than one meaning.

  2. 2 :  something meant or intended :  aim a mischievous meaning was apparent

  3. 3 :  significant quality; especially :  implication of a hidden or special significance a glance full of meaning

  4. 4a :  the logical connotation of a word or phraseb :  the logical denotation or extension of a word or phrase

meaning

adjective

meaningly

play \-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of meaning in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of meaning

14th century



MEANING Defined for English Language Learners

meaning

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noun

Definition of meaning for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


MEANING Defined for Kids

meaning

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noun mean·ing \ˈmē-niŋ\

Definition of meaning for Students

  1. 1 :  the idea that is represented by a word, phrase, or statement

  2. 2 :  the idea a person intends to express by something said or done What is the meaning of this behavior?

  3. 3 :  the reason or explanation for something … Father Wolf taught him … the meaning of things in the jungle … — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

  4. 4 :  the quality of communicating something or of being important He gave me a look full of meaning.



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