mean·​ing·​ful | \ ˈmē-niŋ-fəl \

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 \ 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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Those who went online looking not just to gain publicity but to build meaningful connections with their audiences before the 2002 launch of MySpace were exceptions. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Regardless of origin, the baubles make a beautiful and meaningful gift idea. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Is What It Means When You See a Bird's Nest Ornament on a Christmas Tree," 17 Dec. 2018 Establish your culture, your clan, in a city that has room for you, where your investment will be meaningful and beneficial to the city and won’t be met with hundreds of thousands of people saying ew, gross. Lisa Selin Davis, Curbed, "Amazon’s New York City move is bad for the city—and for Amazon’s employees," 20 Nov. 2018 Block off time each week to do things that are meaningful to you and that matter in the long run for your health, family, and friends. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Actually Get Through Your To-Do List," 28 Dec. 2018 That probe concluded 19 months later without finding any serious misconduct and didn’t require any meaningful changes to how the company operates. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies," 12 Dec. 2018 Treating Alzheimer’s has been a challenge because, until now, little meaningful progress has been made. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 On the day of the ceremony, Fergie wore a meaningful ensemble as well. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Sarah Ferguson Gives Rare Interview About Prince Andrew and Princess Diana," 12 Nov. 2018 The company supports employee efforts to volunteer in the community that are meaningful to them. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Medium Companies," 7 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of meaningful

: having a meaning or purpose

Other Words from meaningful

meaningfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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