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.
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Recent Examples on the Web For many of these companies, the workplace represents a meaningful entry into the company’s culture, which is at best hard and at worst impossible to convey virtually. S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, "The great big (and confusing) return to the office is beginning," 14 Apr. 2021 No matter how long your video content is, use the full potential to tell a meaningful story. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, "Eight Important Strategies to Master Video Content Marketing," 14 Apr. 2021 If recent history is any guide, the bill is the country’s one shot to pass meaningful climate legislation in the next few years, if not in the next few decades. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: The One Thing to Understand About Biden's Infrastructure Plan," 13 Apr. 2021 Eager to maintain Republican control of the Senate—a situation that makes passing meaningful climate policy virtually impossible—signatory General Electric’s PAC gave $9,000 to Mitch McConnell, $8,500 to David Purdue and $8,000 to James Inhofe. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Corporations That Donate to Mitch McConnell Don’t Care About Climate Change," 13 Apr. 2021 In this one episode, foundations are laid for meaningful trajectories with a breathtaking jokes-per-second ratio. Sophy Ziss, Vulture, "‘Cocktails & Dreams’ Is Happy Endings at Its Most Potent," 13 Apr. 2021 Once again, a shift in your mindset is an absolute must to make a meaningful change. Pia Silva, Forbes, "3 Expert Tips For Thinking Differently As An Entrepreneur (And Why Your Brain’s Needed)," 12 Apr. 2021 Aligning leadership, funding and programs to fulfill meaningful national and public priorities is fundamental to democracy and should extend to the nation’s space program. Lori Garver, Scientific American, "Bill Nelson Isn't the Best Choice for NASA Administrator," 12 Apr. 2021 Then, after Kate advised Kevin to have a meaningful heart-to-heart with Randall, Kevin briefly brought up their upbringing during a phone call with Randall. Karen Mizoguchi,, "This Is Us Sneak Peek: Randall and Kevin Kick Off Their Long-Awaited Talk — 'Here We Go'," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of meaningful

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of meaningful was in 1852

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18 Apr 2021

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“Meaningful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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