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noun meaning pronunciation in American English /ˈminɪŋ/
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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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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