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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Recent Examples on the Web Under the rule of the yellow dog contract, millions of workers were, in meaningful ways, unfree. Walter Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions," 27 Jan. 2020 Victims deserve a meaningful role in the criminal justice process. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Republican introduces Marsy's Law to General Assembly following Bevin's pardons," 12 Jan. 2020 But five games into the season, here was Silva playing a meaningful role against UCSB. oregonlive, "Oregon State winning with plenty of room to improve, including Wednesday’s 78-67 thumping of UC Santa Barbara," 21 Nov. 2019 Irwin, a senior forward, has carved out a meaningful role coming off the bench for a UConn team that is uncommonly short on experience and will need a reserve (or two) to step up on any given night. Alexa Philippou,, "Coming off career night, Kyla Irwin carving out complementary role with UConn women," 20 Nov. 2019 Jaguar definitely still has work to do before drivers hold the XE in the same regard as the class stalwarts, namely those from Germany, but the XE's latest revisions are meaningful and make Jaguar's small sedan far more worthy of consideration. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "The Updated Jaguar XE Deserves a Better Engine," 29 Jan. 2020 To make the data meaningful, the seasons from 1920-1945 have about 300 teams rated. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Which college football team is the best of all time? We finally have an answer," 27 Dec. 2019 Creating a sound dramatic arc is a triumph for choreographers and dancers alike, and can make the visual and kinetic pleasures of dance that much more meaningful. Washington Post, "Storytelling is the key ingredient in the year’s best dance works," 10 Dec. 2019 That context makes the song’s sense of joie de vivre even more meaningful. Kat Bein, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Galantis With Dolly Parton & More," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of meaningful

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 Feb 2020

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“Meaningful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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