What is the meaning of meaning?


  • The message that is intended or expressed or signified.
    • usage: "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 ambiguous"
  • The idea that is intended.
    • usage: "What is the meaning of this proverb"


  • Mean or intend to express or convey.
    • usage: "You never understand what I mean"; "what do his words intend"
  • Have as a logical consequence.
    • usage: "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
  • Denote or connote.
    • usage: "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
  • Have in mind as a purpose.
    • usage: "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"
  • Have a specified degree of importance.
    • usage: "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"
  • Intend to refer to.
    • usage: "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip"
  • Destine or designate for a certain purpose.
    • usage: "These flowers were meant for you"


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APAWordNet. (2010). meaning. Retrieved September 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/meaning/definitions/1178202
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