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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The White House said that includes addressing barriers to trade with China and achieving meaningful reforms that can be verified and enforced. Washington Post, "Trump says he’ll talk trade with Xi next week in Japan," 18 June 2019 However, Glenn and his dad say that their favorite, most meaningful times together are spent sharing an activity or working on a specific task. The Conversation,, "This is how many dads express their love for sons," 16 June 2019 Evaluating those choices is a more meaningful enterprise than using political history to dash off a click-happy list of likes and dislikes. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "The Impossibility of Impeachment," 10 June 2019 Karl, however, argues that what’s drawing them together is unusual, but meaningful, and shouldn’t be ignored. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror: The Weird, Intriguing Intimacy of ‘Striking Vipers’," 5 June 2019 Throughout China, from big cities to small towns, more and more people, especially students, took to the streets to support the student protesters in Beijing and demand more meaningful political reform. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen, China Is Still Unwilling to Tell the Truth," 4 June 2019 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

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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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