Definition of Meaning

1. Noun. The message that is intended or expressed or signified. "The import of his announcement was ambiguous"




2. Adjective. Rich in significance or implication. "A meaning look"
Exact synonyms: Pregnant, Significant
Similar to: Meaningful
Derivative terms: Significance, Significance, Signify, Signify

3. Noun. The idea that is intended. "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
Exact synonyms: Substance
Generic synonyms: Idea, Thought
Specialized synonyms: Semantics, Implication, Import, Significance, Strain, Tenor, Undercurrent, Undertone, Denotation, Extension, Reference, Reference, Connotation
Derivative terms: Mean, Mean

Definition of Meaning

1. n. That which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent.

Definition of Meaning

1. Noun. The symbolic value of something. ¹

2. Noun. The significance of a thing. ¹

3. Noun. (semantics) The objects or concept that a word or phrase denotes, or that which a sentence says. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) intention ¹

5. Verb. (present participle of mean) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Meaning

1. something that one intends to convey by language [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Meaning

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meandrinas
meandrous
meandry
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meaners
meanes
meaness
meanest
meaneth
meanie
meanies
meanin'
meaning (current term)
meaning(a)
meaning of life
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meaningfulness
meaningless
meaninglessly
meaninglessness
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meanish
meanless
meanly
meanness

Literary usage of Meaning

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1916)
"Its "true meaning" is that which it has for a student perfectly fitted to enjoy and ... Its meaning lives and grows, nourishing, and nourished by, ..."

2. How We Think by John Dewey (1910)
"meaning is centra] To understand is to grasp meaning CHAPTER NINE meaning: OR CONCEPTIONS AND UNDERSTANDING § i. The Place of meanings in Mental Life As in ..."

3. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"I should need some explanation even of the meaning you give. Do you intend Tamburlaine to represent earthquakes and volcanoes ? ..."

4. Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey (1916)
"Extension of meaning of Primary Activities. — Nothing Is more striking than ... Yet in meaning what has been accomplished measures just the difference of ..."

5. The Field of Philosophy: An Introduction to the Study of Philosophy by Joseph Alexander Leighton (1919)
"DEFINITION OF PHILOSOPHY The word "philosophy" is derived from the Greek words "philein" meaning to love and "sophia" meaning wisdom. ..."

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