- The definition of meaning is what is intended to be, referred to or understood.
An example of meaning is someone explaining the intention behind what they said.
meaning definition by Webster's New World
- what is meant; what is intended to be, or in fact is, signified, indicated, referred to, or understood; signification, purport, import, sense, or significance: the meaning of a word
- Archaic intention; purpose
- that has meaning; significant; expressive
- intending; having purpose
- meaningly adverb
meaning definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Something that is conveyed or signified; sense or significance.
- Something that one wishes to convey, especially by language: The writer's meaning was obscured by his convoluted prose.
- An interpreted goal, intent, or end: “The central meaning of his pontificate is to restore papal authority” (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
- Inner significance: “But who can comprehend the meaning of the voice of the city?” (O. Henry).
- Full of meaning; expressive.
- Disposed or intended in a specified manner. Often used in combination: a well-meaning fellow; ill-meaning intentions.
Variant of mean
- to have in mind; intend; purpose: he means to go
- to intend or design for a certain person or purpose: a gift meant for you
- to destine or seem to destine: he was meant to be a doctor
- to intend to express, signify, or indicate: to say what one means
- to be used to convey; denote: the German word “ja” means “yes”
- to be a sign, indication, or herald of; signify: this means war!
Origin: Middle English menen ; from Old English mænan, to mean, tell, complain, akin to German meinen, to have in mind, have as opinion ; from Indo-European base an unverified form meino-, opinion, intent from source Old Irish mian, wish, desire
- to have a purpose or intention in mind: chiefly in , to have good intentions
- to have a (specified) degree of importance, effect, or influence: honors mean little to him