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meaning adj : rich in significance or implication; "a meaning look"; "pregnant with meaning" [syn: meaning(a), pregnant, significant]


1 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 ambigtuous" [syn: significance, signification, import]
2 the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?" [syn: substance]

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  1. present participle of mean


  1. The symbolic value of something.
  2. The significance of a thing, as "the meaning of life"
  3. The definition or connotation of a word.


symbolic value of something
significance of a thing, as "the meaning of life"
  • Danish: mening
  • Dutch: zin
  • Finnish: tarkoitus
  • Greek: νόημα
  • Russian: смысл
  • Slovene: smisel
definition or connotation of a word

Extensive Definition

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Proper name

meaning in German: Bedeutung
meaning in Finnish: Merkitys

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