Definition of meaning
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
meaninglyplay \-niŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of meaning in a Sentence
What is the precise meaning of this word in English?
an old word that has taken on a new meaning
The word has both literal meanings and figurative meanings.
a word with various shades of meaning
Don't distort her meaning by taking her words out of context.
I didn't understand the meaning of his remark.
Literary critics disagree about the meanings of his poems.
a poem with subtle shades of meaning
What is the meaning of life?
It's a story about the true meaning of Christmas.
Recent Examples of meaning from the Web
To complicate things even further, sometimes the original looks have religious and cultural significance, and that sacred meaning is often completely dismissed by appropriators.
Like his manager, Bailey isn’t putting too much stock in one outing, and doesn’t care to assign much meaning to his three year sojourn in the desert of elbow issues.
DeYoung explores the history of the album and the meaning behind each song on the album in a podcast available on his website, www.dennisdeyoung. com.
But Trump’s promotion of the phrase takes on a different meaning at an event co-sponsored by an avowed anti-Muslim bigot.
So, the Pulse Nightclub tragedy brings extra meaning to all of the IMPACT wrestlers, referees, production crew and front-office staff.
Like many artists who want their work to speak for itself, Kendrick Lamar is never one to over-analyze the meaning of his lyrics.
For decades American conservatives have sought to restore meaning to the 10th Amendment, which recognizes the states’ right to manage their affairs free from Washington’s interference.
The meaning of the work, titled My Family Is Lost, is simple and powerful: this is a family broken by conflict.
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First Known Use of meaning
MEANING Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of meaning for Students
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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