Essential Meaning of meaning
1 : the idea that is represented by a word, phrase, etc. What is the precise/exact meaning of this word in English? Many words have developed more than one meaning. [=sense] See More Examplesan 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
2 : the idea that a person wants to express by using words, signs, etc. Don't distort her meaning by taking her words out of context. Do you get my meaning? = (chiefly Brit) Do you take my meaning? [=do you understand what I'm telling you?] See More ExamplesI didn't understand the meaning of his remark/gesture. a glance full of meaning [=a meaningful glance]
3 : the idea that is expressed in a work of writing, art, etc. Literary critics disagree about the meanings of his poems. a poem with subtle shades of meaning
Full Definition of meaning
(Entry 1 of 2)
1a : the thing one intends to convey especially by language : purport Do not mistake my meaning.
b : the thing that is conveyed especially by language : import Many words have more than one 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
Definition of meaning (Entry 2 of 2)
: conveying or intended to convey meaning : significant, meaningful a meaning smile When any mention was made of baronets either married or unmarried, of former lovers, of broken vows, or of second engagements, Miss Altifiorla would look with a meaning glance at her hostess.— Anthony Trollope Ruby lifted her heavy-lidded eyes and sent him a meaning look.— Edna Ferber
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