meaningful

adjective mean·ing·ful \ -fəl \
|Updated on: 7 Jun 2018

Definition of meaningful

1 a : 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

meaningfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

meaningfulness

noun

Examples of meaningful in a Sentence

  1. The test did not produce any meaningful results.

  2. She looked at him in a meaningful way.

  3. He wanted to feel that his job was meaningful.

  4. The trip turned out to be very meaningful for both of them.

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First Known Use of meaningful

1852

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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MEANINGFUL Defined for English Language Learners

meaningful

Definition of meaningful for English Language Learners

  • : having a clear meaning

  • : expressing an emotion or idea without words

  • : having real importance or value


MEANINGFUL Defined for Kids

meaningful

adjective mean·ing·ful \ ˈmē-niŋ-fəl \

Definition of meaningful for Students

: having a meaning or purpose

meaningfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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