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meaning  


      n  
1    connotation, denotation, drift, explanation, gist, implication, import, interpretation, message, purport, sense, significance, signification, substance, upshot, value  
2    aim, design, end, goal, idea, intention, object, plan, point, purpose, trend  
3    effect, efficacy, force, point, thrust, use, usefulness, validity, value, worth  
      adj  
4    eloquent, expressive, meaningful, pointed, pregnant, speaking, suggestive  
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  ( meanings    plural  )
1       n-var   The meaning of a word, expression, or gesture is the thing or idea that it refers to or represents and which can be explained using other words.  
I hadn't a clue to the meaning of `activism'..., I became more aware of the symbols and their meanings.     
2       n-var   The meaning of what someone says or of something such as a book or film is the thoughts or ideas that are intended to be expressed by it.   (=significance)  
Unsure of the meaning of this remark, Ryle chose to remain silent...     
3       n-uncount   If an activity or action has meaning, it has a purpose and is worthwhile.  
Art has real meaning when it helps people to understand themselves., ...a challenge that gives meaning to life.     
4    If you mention something and say that someone doesn't know the meaning of the word, you are emphasizing that they have never experienced the thing mentioned or do not have the quality mentioned.  
not know the meaning of the word      phrase   V inflects     (emphasis)    Don't mention failure when Kevin is around. He doesn't know the meaning of the word.     


well-meaning      , well meaning  
If you say that a person or their actions are well-meaning, you mean that they intend to be helpful or kind but they are unsuccessful or cause problems.      adj   (=well-intentioned)  
He is a well-meaning but ineffectual leader..., Even well-meaning attempts at conservation can bring problems.     

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exp.
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
exp.
expression meaning "things never change"
n.
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.
n.
a colloquial word meaning a bribe: policemen accepting bungs from journalists
adv.
A formal word that is put in the beginning of sentence that has a similar meaning to furthermore, therefore, and from now on
I like ice-cream; Hence, I have lots of ice-cream cups in my fridge
n.
term coined by the James Bond movie, meaning that a great danger will come for Bond to overcome
anyone with a good definition ?
n.
the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist
considering the moon to have human features
exp.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
exp.
expression meaning that several or all members of a family have something in common (a skill, a feature, a path or a behavior)
E.g.: He became an actor too. It runs in the family.
exp.
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
id.
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has
n.
a new word formed by joining together two others and combining their meanings. Examples: brunch, camcorder, carjack, motel, greenwash, smog, workaholic.

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