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meaning

noun

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1 the idea that is conveyed or intended to be conveyed to the mind by language, symbol, or action
  • the unmistakable meaning of the skier's upraised arms as he finished his spectacular run

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2 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish
  • the people have a right to know what the president's meaning is in getting the nation involved in this war

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meaning

adjective

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clearly conveying a special meaning (as one's mood)
  • gave me a meaning look after I said that

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  • unexpressive

meaning

verb
present participle of mean

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2 to be of importance
  • your presence at my graduation would mean a lot to me

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3 to have in mind as a purpose or goal
  • I mean to win this race

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4 to serve as a sign or symptom of
  • these colder nights mean autumn has truly arrived

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“Meaning.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/meaning. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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