meaning - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
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/ˈmiːnɪŋ/
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  1. 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.

    get/catch someone’s meaning (=understand what they are saying):

    I’m not sure I get your meaning.

    layers/shades of meaning (=different meanings that are not obvious):

    Examine the writing closely, and you discover multiple layers of meaning.

    1. a.
      the ideas that signs, symbols, or ways of behaving represent

      It seems that the clothes have a deep religious meaning.

    2. b.
      the ideas that writers, artists, musicians etc try to express in their work

      This poem’s real meaning has always been a puzzle.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] the special importance or purpose of something
    meaning of:

    The book tackles important questions, such as the meaning of life.

    meaning to:

    There didn’t seem to be any meaning to her work.

    meaning for:

    Religion has little meaning for many people today.

    something loses its meaning:

    Times change and ancient customs lose their meaning.