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 Dictionary entry overview: What does significance mean? 

  The noun SIGNIFICANCE has 3 senses:

1. the quality of being significant
2. a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
3. the message that is intended or expressed or signified

  Familiarity information: SIGNIFICANCE used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1significance [BACK TO TOP]


The quality of being significant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power

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

importance (the quality of being important and worthy of note)


important; significant (important in effect or meaning)

insignificant; unimportant (not important or noteworthy)

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

historicalness (significance owing to its history)

meaningfulness (the quality of having great value or significance)

consequence; import; moment (having important effects or influence)


insignificance (the quality of having little or no significance)

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A meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


implication; significance; import

Context examples:

the significance of his remark became clear only later / the expectation was spread both by word and by implication

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

meaning; substance (the idea that is intended)

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The message that is intended or expressed or signified

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


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 ("significance" 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 "significance"):

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)

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