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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.
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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.
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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…
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