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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Being included is tremendously meaningful to many of the artists, some of whom are fairly early in their art careers and have never shown in New York. Deborah Martin,, "Rex Hausmann, San Antonio artists open exhibits in New York," 3 June 2019 During a call with prospective investors in Tesla’s offerings of new equity and convertible bonds earlier this month, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn said credit sales will be a more meaningful part of Tesla’s business in the coming years. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "GM, Fiat buying up Tesla’s greenhouse gas credits," 3 June 2019 For Bloom, who describes every day of the production as a learning experience, the history-making premiere was especially meaningful. Vogue, "Inside Leyna Bloom’s History-Making Cannes Experience," 24 May 2019 These details, along with even smaller ones, such as the availability of roadside assistance, add up to meaningful differences. Car and Driver, "A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Could Be a Great Deal," 22 Jan. 2019 Anita Hill this weekend dropped a statement designed to insulate the accuser from any criticism, frankly, any meaningful questioning. Fox News, "Women who know Kavanaugh respond to allegations against him," 17 Sep. 2018 Normally, interactions with the royals during walkabouts don't go much beyond pleasantries, but today, while greeting the crowds at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, Harry had a meaningful conversation with 6-year-old Otia Nante. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Comforts Six-Year-Old Boy in New Zealand Who Lost His Mother," 30 Oct. 2018 Giving meaningful shape to monuments and memorials in this disputatious era is no easy task. Julie V. Iovine., WSJ, "A Shrine to Honor Service," 24 Oct. 2018 The next steps are to make more meaningful daily interactions that don't cost money, like volunteering. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This is What's Actually Keeping You From KonMari'ing Your House," 3 Apr. 2019

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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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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