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Definition 1: the idea that is intended - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where meaning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What is the meaning of this proverb?

Synonyms for meaning in the sense of this definition

(meaning is a kind of ...) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

"it was not a good idea" "the thought never entered my mind"

(... is a kind of meaning ) the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text

"a petty argument about semantics"

(... is a kind of meaning ) a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

"the significance of his remark became clear only later" "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"

(... is a kind of meaning ) the general meaning or substance of an utterance

"although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"

(... is a kind of meaning ) a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning

(... is a kind of meaning ) the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to

"the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"

(... is a kind of meaning ) the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to

"he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"

(... is a kind of meaning ) an idea that is implied or suggested

Definition 2: the message that is intended or expressed or signified - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where meaning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for meaning in the sense of this definition

(meaning is a kind of ...) what a communication that is about something is about

(... is a kind of meaning ) (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality

"overtones of despair"

(... is a kind of meaning ) a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

"without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor" "don't argue about shades of meaning"

(... is a kind of meaning ) the significance of a story or event

"the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"

(... is a kind of meaning ) the intended meaning of a communication

(... is a kind of meaning ) the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

(... is a kind of meaning ) something referred to; the object of a reference

(... is a kind of meaning ) what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

(... is a kind of meaning ) the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted

"the dictionary gave several senses for the word" "in the best sense charity is really a duty" "the signifier is linked to the signified"

(... is a kind of meaning ) the use of symbols to convey meaning

(... is a kind of meaning ) the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form

(... is a kind of meaning ) the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express

(... is a kind of meaning ) a brief version of the essential meaning of something

"get to the point" "he missed the point of the joke" "life has lost its point"

Definition 3: rich in significance or implication - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where meaning or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a meaning look
  • a significant silence

Synonyms for meaning in the sense of this definition

(meaning is similar to ...) having a meaning or purpose

"a meaningful explanation" "a meaningful discussion" "a meaningful pause"

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