mean·ing·ful | \ -fəl \

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 \-fə-lē \ 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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That’s also a big reason behind his belief that Breed should be allowed to run uncontested in the November 2019 election, which would allow her a full term to implement meaningful changes. Dominic Fracassa,, "Now-former SF Mayor Farrell looks back on short term, future of city," 12 July 2018 Those firms have become more diverse in recent years, but there are still too few women and minorities making meaningful investment decisions. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "Financial World’s A-List Could Take Hollywood’s Cue on Inclusion," 18 June 2018 Anderson, whose father died of prostate cancer, recommends that all men should have a baseline PSA screening in their 40s to make later readings more meaningful. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "'I got 13 good years.' With prostate cancer in his bones, here's his message for men. | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018 There was no evidence of meaningful change in the bounciness of the balls, formally called coefficient of restitution (COR), or alteration in batters' swings, such as uppercutting. Ronald Blum, Houston Chronicle, "MLB panel says baseballs getting extra lift, cause unknown," 24 May 2018 Other top players facing meaningful decisions include Missouri’s Jontay Porter, Villanova’s Omari Spellman, Maryland’s Bruno Fernando, Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie and Kentucky’s P.J. Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 7.1: Projecting All 60 Picks Post-Combine," 21 May 2018 The only way to me that things have really meaningful change is when people of color get in those gatekeeping positions. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Spike Lee on Scorching BlacKkKlansman and “This Motherfucker,” Donald Trump," 15 May 2018 The challenge is figuring out how to use it in ways that are meaningful for the airline and its passengers. Lauren Zumbach,, "From birthday wishes for passengers to tracking baggage handler injuries, airlines tap big data to try to improve operations," 12 July 2018 Having a game-changing film auteur like Lee as a guest at the Detroit convention is especially meaningful. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Spike Lee's Oscar-contending 'BlackKkKlansman' coming early to Detroit," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of meaningful

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of meaningful

: having a clear meaning

: expressing an emotion or idea without words

: having real importance or value


mean·ing·ful | \ ˈmē-niŋ-fəl \

Kids Definition of meaningful

: having a meaning or purpose

Other words from meaningful

meaningfully \-fə-lē \ adverb

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alleviating pain or harshness

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