- 1What is meant by a word, text, concept, or action: the meaning of the word “supermarket” it was as if time had lost all meaningMore example sentences
- He was an intensely charismatic actor and conveyed the meanings of words as dramatically and sensitively as the music.
- Possible meanings of words contribute to the meaning of an utterance, which is an act by a speaker.
- The average reader does not need a glossary for the meanings of all such words, for they are clearly elicited in the context.
- 1.1Implied or explicit significance: he gave me a look full of meaningMore example sentences
- And this stylistic difference takes on significant meaning.
- What had begun as an empty gesture became imbued with enormous significance and meaning; the thing that was killing him became a lifeline.
- She just did not want to accept the full depth of meaning that lay in his pained green eyes.
- 1.2Important or worthwhile quality; purpose: this can lead to new meaning in the life of older peopleMore example sentences
- They are connected spiritually through a sense of purpose and meaning for their lives.
- Does our work provide us with a sense of purpose and meaning that goes beyond just making money?
- The school emphasizes a broad education and the curriculum is designed to assist students in finding purpose and meaning in their learning.
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not know the meaning of the word
- • informal Behave as if unaware of the concept referred to or implied: “Humanity?” You don’t know the meaning of the word!More example sentences
- I'm sorry, Hannah, he doesn't know the meaning of the word.
- Now, there's a man who doesn't know the meaning of the word ‘restraint.’
- Rudy tells the story of a boy who doesn't know the meaning of the word ‘quit.’
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- ‘That's not too old for a,’ I coughed meaningly, ‘scandalous relationship.’
- As Arley came back inside, Mike said meaningly to Satu, who nodded in response, ‘I think there's just one distraction right now that needs dealing with.’
- ‘As long as they don't get caught,’ Jason told her meaningly.
late Middle English: verbal noun from mean1.