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
4 eloquent, expressive, meaningful, pointed, pregnant, speaking, suggestive
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meaning ( 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.
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
He is a well-meaning but ineffectual leader..., Even well-meaning attempts at conservation can bring problems.
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