meaningful

adjective
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

Other Words from meaningful

meaningfully \ ˈmē-​niŋ-​fə-​lē How to pronounce meaningful (audio) \ adverb
meaningfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for meaningful

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • unexpressive
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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Such measures can be meaningful in the manufacturing industry, executives have said, where profit margins often are thin. Austen Hufford, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The hospital’s President and CEO, Dr. Kevin Churchwell, said the recognition is especially meaningful in light of the difficulties hospitals have faced since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jacob Fulton, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 The win was meaningful for Nevin, the former Cal State Fullerton star. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 Now others like her wonder: Could increasing gender diversity among gun owners bring meaningful change to the gun debate? Anne Branigin, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2022 Now others like her wonder: Could increasing gender diversity among gun owners bring meaningful change to the gun debate? Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 Given the opportunity, young people can help organizations chart a course to relevance, innovation and meaningful change. Sarah Sladek, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Further emphasizing that Saks OFF 5th stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and is looking to make meaningful change both during Pride month and not. Jailynn Taylor, Essence, 2 June 2022 Artists like Chelsea Cutler are extremely important to creating meaningful change around mental health in the music industry. Quincy Green, Billboard, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of meaningful

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of meaningful was in 1852

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17 Jun 2022

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“Meaningful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meaningful. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for meaningful

meaningful

adjective
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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