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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.Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying

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.ImportanceUseful or advantageous
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