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mean·ing  (mnng)
n.
1. Something that is conveyed or signified; sense or significance.
2. Something that one wishes to convey, especially by language: The writers meaning was obscured by his convoluted prose.
3. An interpreted goal, intent, or end: The central meaning of his pontificate is to restore papal authority (Conor Cruise OBrien).
4. Inner significance: But who can comprehend the meaning of the voice of the city? (O. Henry).
adj.
1. Full of meaning; expressive.
2. Disposed or intended in a specified manner. Often used in combination: a well-meaning fellow; ill-meaning intentions.
Synonyms: meaning, acceptation, import, sense, significance, signification
These nouns refer to the idea conveyed by something, such as a word, action, gesture, or situation: Synonyms are words with the same or nearly the same meaning. In one of its acceptations value is a technical term in music. The import of his statement is ambiguous. The term anthropometry has only one sense. The significance of a green traffic light is widely understood. Linguists have determined the hieroglyphics signification.


meaning  /min/  n. 1 [C] interpretation, explanation: Can you tell me the meaning of that word? 2 [U] significance, importance of s.t.: The meaning of the Presidents speech is that taxes are going to go up.

Thesaurus: meaning 1 the sense, definition | drift, implication 2 the result, upshot. meaning

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