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meaning (n.)

c. 1300, meninge, "sense, that which is intended to be expressed," also "act of remembering" (a sense now obsolete), verbal noun from mean (v.). Sense of "significance, import" is from 1680s.

updated on December 11, 2018

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Definitions of meaning from WordNet
1
meaning (n.)
the message that is intended or expressed or signified;
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meaning (n.)
the idea that is intended;
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Synonyms: substance
2
meaning (adj.)
rich in significance or implication;
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Synonyms: pregnant / significant
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