mean·​ing·​ful | \ ˈmē-niŋ-fəl How to pronounce meaningful (audio) \

Definition of meaningful

1a : having a meaning or purpose The tests did not produce any meaningful results.
b : full of meaning : significant a meaningful life a meaningful relationship
2 : having an assigned function in a language system meaningful propositions

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Other Words from meaningful

meaningfully \ ˈmē-​niŋ-​fə-​lē How to pronounce meaningful (audio) \ adverb
meaningfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for meaningful



  • unexpressive
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Examples of meaningful in a Sentence

The test did not produce any meaningful results. She looked at him in a meaningful way. He wanted to feel that his job was meaningful. The trip turned out to be very meaningful for both of them.
Recent Examples on the Web If the Legislature doesn’t pass meaningful change, experts said, then more companies will go out of business, and property insurance will keep getting harder and more expensive to find. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 21 May 2022 Here are some of their stories and photos, still meaningful, even decades later. Demetria Gallegos, WSJ, 14 May 2022 Peggy supported the removal of her father’s name as a meaningful change for the university community. Diane Bernard, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2022 That is, much of our reading and listening and watching should focus on artists and thinkers and friends who have something meaningful to say. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, 11 May 2022 The latest shift responds to the guests’ growing desire to move beyond the top amenities, exclusive spa treatments, and gourmet cuisine towards something more meaningful. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Their bid to follow Chip Kelly’s first winning season at UCLA with something more meaningful is off to an upbeat start, cornerback Devin Kirkwood lingering on the field to embrace his coach after the final play Saturday. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Our bet is that most moms would prefer to receive something meaningful, from the heart, and homemade rather than store-bought on her special day. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 27 Apr. 2022 Newly laid off and living off a severance package in 2015, Darby was looking for something more meaningful to do with his life. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of meaningful

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Meaningful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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mean·​ing·​ful | \ ˈmē-niŋ-fəl How to pronounce meaningful (audio) \

Kids Definition of meaningful

: having a meaning or purpose

Other Words from meaningful

meaningfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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