An example of meaning is someone explaining the intention behind what they said.
- what is meant; what is intended to be, or in fact is, signified, indicated, referred to, or understood: the meaning of a foreign phrase
- the practical or essential significance of some concept or quality: a spoiled child who doesn't know the meaning of hard work
- Archaic intention; purpose
- that has meaning; significant; expressive
- intending; having purpose
- a. The denotation, referent, or idea associated with a word or phrase: How many meanings does the word “dog” have?b. Something that is conveyed or intended, especially by language; sense or significance: The writer's meaning was obscured by convoluted prose.
- An interpreted goal, intent, or end: “The central meaning of his pontificate is to restore papal authority” (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
- A sense of importance or purpose: When he became a teacher, he felt that his life had meaning.
- Disposed or intended in a specified manner. Often used in combination: a well-meaning fellow; ill-meaning intentions.
- Full of meaning; expressive: gave me a meaning look.
From Middle English mening, menyng, equivalent to mean +"Ž -ing. Cognate with Scots mening (“intent, purpose, sense, meaning"), West Frisian miening (“opinion, mind"), Dutch mening (“view, opinion, judgement"), German Meinung (“opinion, view, mind, idea"), Danish and Swedish mening (“meaning, sense, sentence, opinion"), Icelandic meining (“meaning").
- Present participle of mean.