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MEANING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does meaning mean? 

MEANING (noun)
  The noun MEANING has 2 senses:

1. the message that is intended or expressed or signified
2. the idea that is intended

  Familiarity information: MEANING used as a noun is rare.


MEANING (adjective)
  The adjective MEANING has 1 sense:

1. rich in significance or implication

  Familiarity information: MEANING used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MEANING (noun)


Sense 1meaning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The message that is intended or expressed or signified

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

meaning; signification; import; significance

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("meaning" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "meaning"):

overtone ((usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality)

nicety; nuance; refinement; shade; subtlety (a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude)

lesson; moral (the significance of a story or event)

intent; purport; spirit (the intended meaning of a communication)

burden; core; effect; essence; gist (the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work)

referent (something referred to; the object of a reference)

connotation; intension (what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression)

sense; signified (the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted)

symbolisation; symbolization (the use of symbols to convey meaning)

grammatical meaning (the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form)

lexical meaning (the meaning of a word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express)

point (a brief version of the essential meaning of something)


Sense 2meaning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The idea that is intended

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

meaning; substance

Context example:

What is the meaning of this proverb?

Hypernyms ("meaning" is a kind of...):

idea; thought (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "meaning"):

implication; import; significance (a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred)

connotation (an idea that is implied or suggested)

reference (the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to)

denotation; extension; reference (the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to)

undercurrent; undertone (a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning)

strain; tenor (the general meaning or substance of an utterance)


MEANING (adjective)


Sense 1meaning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rich in significance or implication

Synonyms:

meaning; pregnant; significant

Context examples:

a meaning look / pregnant with meaning

Similar:

meaningful (having a meaning or purpose)


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