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meaning– intention – opinion
The meaning of a word, expression, or gesture is the thing or idea that it refers to or represents.
The meaning of what someone says is what they intend to express.
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'.
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?'
|Noun||1.||meaning - 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"|
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
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"
referent - something referred to; the object of a reference
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"
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"
this word has lots of meanings → esta palabra tiene muchos significados or muchas acepciones
life has no meaning for her now → ahora para ella la vida no tiene sentido
double meaning → doble 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"? → ?que significa "hick"?, ?que quiere decir "hick"?
what's the meaning of this? (as reprimand) → ?se puede saber que significa esto?
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 connait pas le sens du mot!