Definition of meaning
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 : 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.
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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