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Pronunciation: /ˈmiːnɪŋ/

Translation of meaning in Spanish:


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  • (of word) significado (masculine), acepción (feminine); (of sentence, symbol, act) significado (masculine) this word has several meanings esta palabra tiene varias acepciones or varios significados literal/figurative meaning sentido (masculine) literal/figurado work? you don't know the meaning of the word ¿trabajar? ¡tú no sabes qué significa trabajar! to lend new meaning to sth darle* un nuevo sentido or significado a algo if you take my meaning si me entiendes I don't quite get your meaning no entiendo lo que quieres decir my life has lost its meaning mi vida ha perdido el sentido or ya no tiene razón de ser that has very little meaning these days eso significa muy poco hoy en día
    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.


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