meaningful

adjective
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 meaningfully (audio) \ adverb
meaningfulness noun

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.
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And yet, this crisis has functioned as a sidenote in the national political conversation and in recent presidential campaigns—plopped into speeches and paid haphazard lip service to without any meaningful action. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "This Is Why We Need Women Running for President," 19 Feb. 2019 Creating better reporting tools, for example, is not actually a meaningful solution for mitigating literal incitements to genocide. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 But Spotlight has failed to gain any meaningful traction on the platform compared to music and playlists, likely triggering Spotify to reach out to Scribd and other third parties for brand-association help. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Aggressive Content Bundling Might Be Spotify's Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon," 10 July 2018 Alex Wong/Getty Images Without having reached any meaningful solution, Congress’s debate over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is likely over for the foreseeable future. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Congress failed to do something on immigration — again. Here’s why.," 2 July 2018 So there’s a song in Cold War that evolves over time — a folk song that comes to be very meaningful to the story. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "“I wanted to make it a beautiful disaster”: Pawel Pawlikowski on his new film Cold War," 21 Dec. 2018 There is no room for meaningful discussion; no one listens. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 That, though, would require more meaningful steps than the industry has taken to date to stomp out its methane problem. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "Gas Industry Grapples with Culpability," 29 June 2018 Carlos Alfaro, a Scottsdale resident who founded Arizona Talks, aims to create meaningful discussions on large topics. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Every teen suicide is a tragedy, here's what Arizona is doing to prevent more," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of meaningful

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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meaningful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of meaningful

: having a clear meaning
: expressing an emotion or idea without words
: having real importance or value

meaningful

adjective
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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