Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “meaning”

See all translations

meaning

noun uk   /ˈmiː.nɪŋ/ us  

meaning noun (OF WORD/WRITING/SIGN, ETC.)

B1 [C or U] The meaning of something is what it expresses or represents: The word "flight" has two different meanings: a plane journey, and the act of running away. The meaning of his gesture was clear. His novels often have (a) hidden meaning.
More examples

meaning noun (IMPORTANCE)

B2 [U] importance or value: The birth of her first grandchild gave new meaning to her life. Education had no great meaning for him until much later in his life.
More examples
Translations of “meaning”
in Korean 의미, 목적…
in Arabic مَعْنى, هَدَف…
in Portuguese significado, propósito…
in Catalan significat, sentit…
in Japanese 意味, 価値…
in Italian significato, valore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 符號或字詞, 意思,意義, 含義…
in Russian значение, смысл…
in Turkish anlam, mana, gaye…
in Chinese (Simplified) 符号或字词, 意思,意义, 含义…
in Polish znaczenie, sens…
(Definition of meaning from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of meaning?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “meaning” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More