Printer Friendly
Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary
7,144,438,233 visitors served.
forum Join the Word of the Day Mailing List For webmasters
?
Dictionary/
thesaurus
Medical
dictionary
Legal
dictionary
Financial
dictionary
Acronyms
 
Idioms
Encyclopedia
Wikipedia
encyclopedia
?

meaning

   Also found in: Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia 0.01 sec.
Ads by Google:
mean·ing  (mnng)
n.
1. Something that is conveyed or signified; sense or significance.
2. Something that one wishes to convey, especially by language: The writer's meaning was obscured by his convoluted prose.
3. An interpreted goal, intent, or end: "The central meaning of his pontificate is to restore papal authority" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
4. Inner significance: "But who can comprehend the meaning of the voice of the city?" (O. Henry).
adj.
1. Full of meaning; expressive.
2. Disposed or intended in a specified manner. Often used in combination: a well-meaning fellow; ill-meaning intentions.
Synonyms: meaning, acceptation, import, sense, significance, signification
These nouns refer to the idea conveyed by something, such as a word, action, gesture, or situation: Synonyms are words with the same or nearly the same meaning. In one of its acceptations value is a technical term in music. The import of his statement is ambiguous. The term anthropometry has only one sense. The significance of a green traffic light is widely understood. Linguists have determined the hieroglyphics' signification.

meaning (ˈmiːnɪŋ)
n
1. the sense or significance of a word, sentence, symbol, etc; import; semantic or lexical content
2. the purpose underlying or intended by speech, action, etc
3. the inner, symbolic, or true interpretation, value, or message: the meaning of a dream.
4. valid content; efficacy: a law with little or no meaning.
5. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. the sense of an expression; its connotation
b. the reference of an expression; its denotation. In recent philosophical writings meaning can be used in both the above senses. See also sense12
adj
6. expressive of some sense, intention, criticism, etc: a meaning look.

mean•ing (ˈmi nɪŋ)

n.
1. what is intended to be or actually is expressed or indicated; import: the three meanings of a word.
2. the end, purpose, or significance of something.
adj.
3. intentioned (usu. used in combination): a well-meaning person.
4. expressive: a meaning look.
[1250–1300]
mean′ing•ly, adv.
syn: meaning, sense, significance, purport denote that which is expressed or indicated by language or action. meaning is general, describing that which is intended to be, or actually is, expressed: the meaning of a statement. sense often refers to a particular meaning of a word or phrase: The word “run” has many senses. sense may also be used of meaning that is intelligible or reasonable: There's no sense in what you say. significance refers to a meaning that is only implied: the significance of a glance. It may also refer to a meaning the importance of which is not immediately perceived: We did not grasp its significance until years later. purport usu. refers to the essential meaning of something complicated: the purport of a theory.

meaningintentionopinion
1. 'meaning'

The meaning of a word, expression, or gesture is the thing or idea that it refers to or represents.

The word 'guide' is used with various meanings.
This gesture has the same meaning throughout Italy.

The meaning of what someone says is what they intend to express.

The meaning of his remark was clear.

2. 'intention'

Don't use 'meaning' to refer to what someone intends to do. Don't say, for example, 'His meaning was to leave without paying'. Say 'His intention was to leave without paying'.

Their intention is to finish the work by Friday.

3. 'opinion'

Don't use 'meaning' to refer to what someone thinks about something. Don't say, for example, 'I think he should go. What's your meaning?' You say 'I think he should go. What's your opinion?'

My opinion is that this is completely the wrong thing to do.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.meaning - the message that is intended or expressed or signifiedmeaning - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "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"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
lexical meaning - the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
grammatical meaning - the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
symbolisation, symbolization - the use of symbols to convey meaning
signified, sense - the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted; "the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked to the signified"
connotation, intension - what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
referent - something referred to; the object of a reference
gist, burden, essence, effect, core - the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
purport, intent, spirit - the intended meaning of a communication
moral, lesson - the significance of a story or event; "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
nuance, subtlety, nicety, refinement, shade - a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
overtone - (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality; "overtones of despair"
point - a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"
2.meaning - the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
semantics - the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text; "a petty argument about semantics"
implication, significance, import - a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred; "the significance of his remark became clear only later"; "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"
tenor, strain - the general meaning or substance of an utterance; "although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"
undercurrent, undertone - a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
denotation, reference, extension - the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to; "the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"
reference - the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to; "he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"
connotation - an idea that is implied or suggested
Adj.1.meaning - rich in significance or implication; "a meaning look"
meaningful - having a meaning or purpose; "a meaningful explanation"; "a meaningful discussion"; "a meaningful pause"

meaning
noun
1. significance, message, explanation, substance, value, import, implication, drift, interpretation, essence, purport, connotation, upshot, gist, signification I became more aware of the symbols and their meanings.
2. definition, sense, interpretation, explication, elucidation, denotation arguing over the exact meaning of this word or that
3. purpose, point, end, idea, goal, design, aim, object, intention Unsure of the meaning of this remark, he remained silent.
4. force, use, point, effect, value, worth, consequence, thrust, validity, usefulness, efficacy a challenge that gives meaning to life
adjective
expressive, meaningful, pointed, revealing, significant, speaking, pregnant, suggestive, telltale He nodded and gave me a meaning look.
Translations
meaning [ˈmiːnɪŋ]
A. N
1. (= sense) [of word] → significado m, acepción f; [of phrase] → significado m; [of life, work] → sentido m
this word has lots of meaningsesta palabra tiene muchos significados or muchas acepciones
life has no meaning for her nowahora para ella la vida no tiene sentido
double meaningdoble sentido
do you get my meaning?¿me entiendes?, ¿me comprendes?
he doesn't know the meaning of the word (fig) → ni sabe lo que eso significa
what's the meaning of "hick"?¿qué significa "hick"?, ¿qué quiere decir "hick"?
what's the meaning of this? (as reprimand) → ¿se puede saber qué significa esto?
2. (= intention) → intención f, propósito m
a look full of meaninguna mirada llena de intención
to mistake sb's meaningmalinterpretar la intención de algn
B. ADJ [look etc] → significativo, lleno de intención

meaning [ˈmiːnɪŋ] n
[word] → sens m
two words with similar meanings → deux mots aux sens similaires
she doesn't know the meaning of the word! (= doesn't understand the concept) → elle ne sait pas ce que cela veut dire!, elle ne connaît pas le sens du mot!
(= significance) → sens m
to give meaning to sth → donner un sens à qch
a challenge that gives a meaning to life → un défi qui donne un sens à la vie

meaning
adj look etcvielsagend, bedeutsam
nBedeutung f; (= sense: of words, poem etc also) → Sinn m; a look full of meaningein bedeutungsvoller or bedeutsamer Blick; what’s the meaning of (the word) “hick”?was soll das Wort „hick“ heißen or bedeuten?; to mistake somebody’s meaningjdn missverstehen; do you get my meaning?haben Sie mich (richtig) verstanden?; you don’t know the meaning of love/hungerdu weißt ja gar nicht, was Liebe/Hunger ist or bedeutet; what’s the meaning of this?was hat denn das zu bedeuten?, was soll denn das (heißen)?

meaning [ˈmiːnɪŋ] nsignificato, senso
a look full of meaning → uno sguardo eloquente
do you get my meaning? → capisci cosa voglio dire?
what's the meaning of this? (as reprimand) → e questo cosa significa?

meaning مَعْنَى význam betydning Bedeutung σημασία significado merkitys signification značenje significato 意味 betekenis betydning znaczenie significado значение betydelse ความหมาย anlam ý nghĩa 含意


Want to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content.
?Page tools
Printer friendly
Cite / link
Feedback
Add definition
Mentioned in?  References in classic literature?   Dictionary browser?   Full browser?
 
For a moment my meaning was lost on him; then he flushed and smiled, thanked me and was off again, saying that he must find his Shelley, as he wouldn't lose it for the world!
"Circumstances must guide me," said I; and meeting Pelet's false glance and insinuating smile, I thanked heaven that I had last night opened my window and read by the light of a full moon the true meaning of that guileful countenance.
Grose listened with dumb emotion; she forbore to ask me what this meaning might be; so that, presently, to put the thing with some coherence and with the mere aid of her presence to my own mind, I went on: "That he's an injury to the others.
 
 
 
Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Translations
?

Terms of Use | Privacy policy | Feedback | Advertise with Us | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. a Mode Partner
Disclaimer
All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.