Definition of meaning
2 : something meant or intended : aim a mischievous meaning was apparent
3 : significant quality; especially : implication of a hidden or special significance a glance full of meaning
meaninglyplay \-niŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of meaning in a Sentence
What is the precise meaning of this word in English?
an old word that has taken on a new meaning
The word has both literal meanings and figurative meanings.
a word with various shades of meaning
Don't distort her meaning by taking her words out of context.
I didn't understand the meaning of his remark.
Literary critics disagree about the meanings of his poems.
a poem with subtle shades of meaning
What is the meaning of life?
It's a story about the true meaning of Christmas.
Recent Examples of meaning from the Web
Some of the tables have a special meaning at the restaurant.
The term became a top trending item on Twitter, with many users supplying tongue-in-cheek meanings.
Some criticized the post as being insensitive to the true meaning of the holiday.
In this op-ed, writer Keely Quinlan explores the meaning of Memorial Day as a young person whose parent died in service.
Arielle Small of Deerfield, who will go to American University in Washington after a gap year in Argentina, grasped the meaning of both of Frank's thoughts.
That gave blocks symbolic meaning as much as competitive utility.
During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities.
This was language as Impressionist paint daub; not a signifier of meaning but a blurry, mood-inducing gesture.
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First Known Use of meaning
MEANING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of meaning for English Language Learners
: the idea that is represented by a word, phrase, etc.
: the idea that a person wants to express by using words, signs, etc.
: the idea that is expressed in a work of writing, art, etc.
MEANING Defined for Kids
Definition of meaning for Students
1 : the idea that is represented by a word, phrase, or statement
2 : the idea a person intends to express by something said or done What is the meaning of this behavior?
3 : the reason or explanation for something … Father Wolf taught him … the meaning of things in the jungle … — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
4 : the quality of communicating something or of being important He gave me a look full of meaning.
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