I UK [ˈmiːnɪŋ] / US [ˈmɪnɪŋ] noun
Word forms "meaning":
singular meaning plural meanings
1) [countable/uncountable] the thing, action, feeling, idea etc that a word or words represent

Move this word and you change the meaning of the sentence.

get/catch someone's meaning (= understand what they are saying):

I'm not sure I get your meaning.

layers/shades of meaning (= different meanings that are not obvious):

Examine the writing closely, and you discover multiple layers of meaning.

a) the ideas that signs, symbols, or ways of behaving represent

It seems that the clothes have a deep religious meaning.

b) the ideas that writers, artists, musicians etc try to express in their work

This poem's real meaning has always been a puzzle.

Adjectives frequently used with meaning
▪  actual, deep, hidden, intended, literal, real, symbolic, true Verbs frequently used with meaning as the object ▪  catch, decipher, determine, discover, get, grasp, understand
2) [singular/uncountable] the special importance or purpose of something
meaning of:

The book tackles important questions, such as the meaning of life.

meaning to:

There didn't seem to be any meaning to her work.

meaning for:

Religion has little meaning for many people today.

something loses its meaning:

Times change and ancient customs lose their meaning.

know/not know the meaning of somethinginformal used for emphasizing how much or how little you understand something

Hungry? You don't know the meaning of hunger.

what's the meaning of this? — used for angrily asking why someone has done something that you do not approve of

II UK [ˈmiːnɪŋ] / US [ˈmɪnɪŋ] adjective [only before noun] old-fashioned
communicating a feeling or intention very clearly

English dictionary. 2014.

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