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Definition of the noun meaning

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Meaning is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: meanings

  1. the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  2. the idea that is intended

Alternative definition of the noun meaning


  1. The symbolic value of something.
  2. The significance of a thing, as "the meaning of life"
  3. [semantics] The objects or concept that a word or phrase denotes, or that which a sentence says.

Definition of the adjective meaning

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  1. rich in significance or implication
    • example: a meaning look
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonyms of meaning: pregnant / significant
    • similar: meaningful


  1. "Meaning" is a musical album of MIRANOSAND.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  2. "Meaning" is a musical album of Applehead.
    • released in (24 years ago)


  1. Meaning: In linguistics, meaning is what the source or sender expresses, communicates, or conveys in their message to the observer or receiver, and what the receiver infers from the current context.
    • also known as 語意
  2. Meaning: The nature of meaning, its definition, elements, and types, was discussed by philosophers Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. According to them "meaning is a relationship between two sorts of things: signs and the kinds of things they mean". One term in the relationship of meaning necessarily causes something else to come to the mind. In other words: "a sign is defined as an entity that indicates another entity to some agent for some purpose". As Augustine states, a sign is “something that shows itself to the senses and something other than itself to the mind”.
    • also known as Linguistic meaning
  3. Meaning: In existentialism, meaning is understood as the worth of life. Meaning in existentialism is descriptive; therefore it is unlike typical, prescriptive conceptions of "the meaning of life". Due to the methods of existentialism, prescriptive or declarative statements about meaning are unjustified. Meaning is something only for an individual, it has a home only in one person. The verb "to mean" implies there is something to be taken or learned from something else; and since subjects mean different things to every individual, meaning is purely subjective. Thus it is 'subjective' or should be understood to have an 'anti-system' or 'anti-answer' sensibility.
  4. Meaning: Semiotics approaches meaning by studying the signs that make up language systems. Such an approach goes back to the 4th century with St. Augustine of Hippo, but two 19th Century theorists developed modern notions of Semiotics: Ferdinand de Saussure and Charles Sanders Peirce. They saw standard notions of meaning as being not sufficient enough to account for how language works.
  5. Meaning is a concept used in psychology as well as in other fields such as philosophy, linguistics, semiotics and sociology. These multidisciplinary uses of the term are not independent and can more or less overlap. Within each of these fields, there are different ways in which the term meaning is constructed and used; each construction can match related constructions in other fields. At the deepest level, each construction is associated with an epistemological position. The concept of "meaning" is thus used differently in different epistemological traditions in each field. The logical positivists, for example, associated meaning with scientific verification. The meaning of meaning is therefore understood differently in different schools of psychology.
  6. Meaning: A non-linguistic meaning is an actual or possible derivation from sentience, which is not associated with signs that have any original or primary intent of communication. It is a general term of art used to capture a number of different senses of the word "meaning", independently from its linguistic uses.

Phrases with Meaning

  1. Meaning of life
  2. well-meaning
  3. word meaning
  4. double meaning
  5. lexical meaning
  6. grammatical meaning
  7. Self-Referential Meaning

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Google previewDictionary of English Antonyms (2014)

Vocabulary Building by Manik Joshi

ABOVE -- (meaning) on top of, over, higher than, more than Antonyms of 'Above' -- below / under / less / beneath / lower 2. ABSORB -- (meaning) to take in energy , gas, heat, light, liquid, etc. Antonyms of 'Absorb' -- emanate / discharge ...

Google previewDictionary of English Synonyms (2014)

Vocabulary Building by Manik Joshi

CHERISHED -- (meaning) very valuable Synonyms for „Cherished‟ -- esteemed/ prized / treasured ****** 069. CHOOSE -- (meaning) to make a choice Synonyms for „Choose‟ -- decide/opt/pick / select ****** 070. CHUBBY -- (meaning) ...

Google previewFormulaic Language and the Lexicon (2005)

by Alison Wray

Meaning Comparing classifications of formulaic sequences according to meaning is a complex task, since there are several levels and perspectives. Although rather too conservative for our ultimate needs, one classic division found in the ...

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this poem not any meaning
at has this all meaning
this poem has not at
meaning all this poem any
any got at not all
got all this not meaning (John Thorkild Ellison)
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