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  • 1 Meaning — may refer to: Meaning (linguistics), meaning which is communicated through the use of language Meaning (non linguistic), extra linguistic meaning (intentional communication without the use of language), and natural meaning, where no intentions… …

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  • 2 meaning — meaning, sense, acceptation, signification, significance, import are comparable when they denote the idea which something (as a word, a passage, a facial expression, an action, or a situation) conveys to the mind or is intended to convey to the… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 meaning — meaning, meaningful action It would be difficult to imagine any sociological study which did not, implicitly or explicitly, look at how people think about the social world and social relationships in other words at the meanings that the social… …

    Dictionary of sociology

  • 4 Meaning — Mean ing, n. 1. That which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent. [1913 Webster] If there be any good meaning towards you. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is signified, whether by act… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 meaning — I noun acceptation, connotation, content, definition, denotation, drift, explanation, idea, import, interpretation, purport, semantics, semasiology, sense, sententia, significance, significatio, signification, substance, tenor, text, vis… …

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  • 6 meaning — [mē′niŋ] n. 1. what is meant; what is intended to be, or in fact is, signified, indicated, referred to, or understood; signification, purport, import, sense, or significance [the meaning of a word] 2. Archaic intention; purpose adj. 1. that has… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 meaning — [n1] message, signification acceptation, allusion, bearing, bottom line*, connotation, content, context, definition, denotation, drift, effect, essence, explanation, force, gist, heart*, hint, implication, import, interpretation, intimation, meat …

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  • 8 meaning — (n.) sense, import, intent, c.1300, from MEAN (Cf. mean) (v.) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 meaning — ► NOUN 1) what is meant by a word, idea, or action. 2) worthwhile quality; purpose. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ expressive …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 meaning — noun 1 what sth means ADJECTIVE ▪ clear, exact, precise ▪ The context makes the meaning clear. ▪ What is the exact meaning of this phrase? ▪ intended …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 Meaning — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Idea to be conveyed. >Thing signified. < N PARAG:Meaning >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 meaning meaning Sgm: N 1 signification signification significance Sgm: N 1 sense sense expression Sgm: N 1 import import …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 meaning — mean|ing W1S2 [ˈmi:nıŋ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(of a word/sign etc)¦ 2¦(ideas in speech/book etc)¦ 3 what s the meaning of this? 4¦(purpose/special quality)¦ 5¦(true nature)¦ 6 (not) know the meaning of something ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(OF A WORD/SIGN ETC)¦ [U and C] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 meaning — I UK [ˈmiːnɪŋ] / US [ˈmɪnɪŋ] noun Word forms meaning : singular meaning plural meanings *** 1) [countable/uncountable] the thing, action, feeling, idea etc that a word or words represent Move this word and you change the meaning of the sentence.… …

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  • 14 meaning — mean|ing1 [ minıŋ ] noun *** 1. ) count or uncount the thing, action, feeling, idea, etc. that a word or words represent: Move this word and you change the meaning of the sentence. get/catch someone s meaning (=understand what they are saying): I …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 meaning — meaningly, adv. meaningness, n. /mee ning/, n. 1. what is intended to be, or actually is, expressed or indicated; signification; import: the three meanings of a word. 2. the end, purpose, or significance of something: What is the meaning of life? …

    Universalium

  • 16 meaning — 1 / mi:nIN/ noun 1 OF A WORD/SIGN ETC (C, U) the thing or idea that a word, expression, or sign represents (+ of): Can you explain the meaning of this word? | The expression has two very different meanings in English. 2 OF WHAT SB SAYS (U) the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 meaning — n. 1) to misconstrue a meaning 2) an accepted; basic; clear; connotative; double, equivocal; figurative; literal; obscure meaning 3) grammatical; lexical; referential meaning 4) in a meaning (in the accepted meaning of the word) * * * [ miːnɪŋ]… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 meaning — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Significance Nouns 1. meaning, significance, signification, force; sense, expression; import, purport, implication, drift, tenor, spirit, bearing; scope, purpose, aim, intent, intention, object, thrust;… …

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  • 19 meaning — [[t]mi͟ːnɪŋ[/t]] ♦♦♦ meanings 1) N VAR The meaning of a word, expression, or gesture is the thing or idea that it refers to or represents and which can be explained using other words. I hadn t a clue to the meaning of activism ... I became more… …

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  • 20 meaning — mean•ing [[t]ˈmi nɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) what is intended to be or actually is expressed or indicated; import: the three meanings of a word[/ex] 2) the end, purpose, or significance of something 3) intentioned (usu. used in combination): a well meaning… …

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