Meaning definition

mēnĭng
Frequency:
An interpreted goal, intent, or end.
noun
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Disposed or intended in a specified manner. Often used in combination.

A well-meaning fellow; ill-meaning intentions.

adjective
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8
Full of meaning; expressive.

Gave me a meaning look.

adjective
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Intending; having purpose.
adjective
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(archaic) Intention; purpose.
noun
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The practical or essential significance of some concept or quality.

A spoiled child who doesn't know the meaning of hard work.

noun
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That has meaning; significant; expressive.
adjective
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5
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.

noun
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What is meant; what is intended to be, or in fact is, signified, indicated, referred to, or understood.

The meaning of a foreign phrase.

noun
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Something that is conveyed or intended, especially by language; sense or significance.

The writer's meaning was obscured by convoluted prose.

noun
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A sense of importance or purpose.

When he became a teacher, he felt that his life had meaning.

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The symbolic value of something.
noun
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The significance of a thing.

The meaning of life.

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(semantics) The objects or concept that a word or phrase denotes, or that which a sentence says.
noun
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Present participle of mean.
verb
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The denotation, referent, or idea associated with a word or phrase.

How many meanings does the word “dog” have?

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
meaning
Plural:
meanings

Origin of meaning

  • 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").

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  • Seemean.

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