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Noun: meaning  mee-ning
  1. The message that is intended, expressed or signified
    "what is the meaning of this sentence";
    - significance, signification, import
     
  2. The idea that is intended
    "What is the meaning of this proverb?";
    - substance
Adjective: meaning  mee-ning
  1. Rich in significance or implication
    "a meaning look";
    - pregnant, significant
Verb: mean (meant)  meen
  1. Have the intention to express or convey; have a particular sense or meaning
    "You never understand what I mean!";
    - intend
     
  2. Have as a logical consequence
    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers";
    - entail, imply
     
  3. Denote or connote
    "'maison' means 'house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means";
    - intend, signify, stand for
     
  4. Have in mind as a purpose
    "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you";
    - intend, think
     
  5. Have a specified degree of importance
    "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"
     
  6. Intend to refer to
    "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!";
    - think of, have in mind
     
  7. Destine or designate for a certain purpose
    "These flowers were meant for you"

Derived forms: meanings

See also: meaningful

Type of: associate, colligate, connect, content, convey, designate, destine, idea, intend, link, link up, message, necessitate, relate, specify, subject matter, substance, thought, tie in

Encyclopedia: Meaning

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