What does meaning mean?

Definitions for meaning
ˈmi nɪŋmean·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meaning, significance, signification, importnoun

    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, substanceadjective

    the idea that is intended

    "What is the meaning of this proverb?"

  3. meaning(a), pregnant, significantadjective

    rich in significance or implication

    "a meaning look"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Meaningnoun

    Etymology: from mean.

    I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning toward you. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Some whose meaning hath at first been fair,
    Grow knaves by use, and rebels by despair. Wentworth Dillon.

    The meaning, not the name, I call: for thou,
    Not of the Muses nine. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    These lost the sense their learning to display,
    And those explain’d the meaning quite away. Alexander Pope.

    No word more frequently in the mouths of men than conscience; and the meaning of it is, in some measure, understood: however, it is a word extremely abused by many, who apply other meanings to it which God Almighty never intended. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.


  1. meaning

    Meaning is the significance, purpose, or sense conveyed by something, whether it be a word, symbol, action, concept, or experience. It involves the interpretation and understanding of the message, idea, or intention behind a specific entity, often shaped by personal, cultural, or contextual factors. Meaning gives substance and value to our existence, allowing for communication, decision-making, and the pursuit of fulfilling lives.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meaning

    of Mean

  2. Meaningnoun

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

  3. Meaningnoun

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

  4. Meaningnoun

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. meaningnoun

    HonD or Handoo Means Sheep

    Submitted by limit_l on February 23, 2024  

  2. meaning

    Intended or known by language.

    The picture had meaning and depth, the words were very accurate and descriptive.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

  3. meaning

    To intend to express or communicate.

    The picture had real meaning as she related to the power of the beautiful and loving words.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meaning in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meaning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of meaning in a Sentence

  1. Chaim Potok:

    A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant.

  2. Armand Leroi:

    What we can't do with a computer is understand the meaning of the music to us.

  3. Alex Azar:

    In my country, social media conspiracy groups confuse well-meaning parents so they hesitate to get the recommended vaccinations.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    There is no science without spirituality; spirituality has no meaning without science.

  5. Hassan Rouhani:

    Meaning, the condition that you say is dangerous and can produce plutonium, we will return to that unless you take action regarding all your commitments regarding Arak.

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