Translation of "meaning" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈmiː.nɪŋ/ us /ˈmiː.nɪŋ/

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. flight 一詞有兩個不同的意思:航程和逃跑。
The meaning of his gesture was clear. 他手勢的含義很清楚。
His novels often have (a) hidden meaning. 他的小說常有隱含意義。

More examples

  • The meaning of a sentence often depends on stress and intonation.
  • The literal meaning of 'television' is 'seeing from a distance'.
  • It's sometimes very difficult to draw a clear distinction between the meanings of different words.
  • Let's just say we had 'problems', if you get my meaning.
  • The skull at the bottom of the picture has a symbolic meaning - it represents death.

meaning noun (IMPORTANCE)

B2 [ U ] importance or value

The birth of her first grandchild gave new meaning to her life. 第一個孫輩孩子的出生為她的生命注入了新的意義。
Education had no great meaning for him until much later in his life. 直到許多年之後,教育對他而言才顯出了重大價值。

More examples

  • Philosophers have searched for millennia but they haven't found the meaning of life.
  • Since I started this job, my life has had new meaning.
  • The work must be productive, to give it some meaning.
  • These youngsters cannot see the meaning in education.
  • Wealth has no meaning for them.

(Translation of “meaning” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)