Definitions for meaningˈmi nɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mean•ing*ˈmi nɪŋ(n.)

  1. what is intended to be or actually is expressed or indicated; import:

    the three meanings of a word.

  2. the end, purpose, or significance of something.

  3. (adj.)intentioned (usu. used in combination):

    a well-meaning person.

  4. expressive:

    a meaning look.

* Syn: meaning , sense , significance , purport denote that which is expressed or indicated by language or action. meaning is general, describing that which is intended to be, or actually is, expressed: the meaning of a statement.sense often refers to a particular meaning of a word or phrase: The word “run” has many senses.sense may also be used of meaning that is intelligible or reasonable: There's no sense in what you say.significance refers to a meaning that is only implied: the significance of a glance. It may also refer to a meaning the importance of which is not immediately perceived: We did not grasp its significance until years later.purport usu. refers to the essential meaning of something complicated: the purport of a theory.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meaning, significance, signification, import(noun)

    the message that is intended or expressed or signified

    "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

  2. meaning, substance(adj)

    the idea that is intended

    "What is the meaning of this proverb?"

  3. meaning(a), pregnant, significant(adj)

    rich in significance or implication

    "a meaning look"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. meaning(noun)ˈmi nɪŋ

    (of a word) the object, action, idea, etc. it represents

    The word 'set' has many meanings.; the meaning of the song

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meaning

    of Mean

  2. Meaning(noun)

    that which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent

  3. Meaning(noun)

    that which is signified, whether by act lanquage; signification; sence; import; as, the meaning of a hint

  4. Meaning(noun)

    sense; power of thinking


  1. Meaning

    In linguistics, meaning is what the source or sender expresses, communicates, or conveys in their message to the observer or receiver, and what the receiver infers from the current context.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'meaning' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1536

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'meaning' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4138

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'meaning' in Nouns Frequency: #592

Anagrams of meaning

  1. Amening

Translations for meaning

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a look, glance etc) showing a certain feeling or giving a certain message

The teacher gave the boy a meaning look when he arrived late.

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