Translation of "meaning" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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meaningnoun

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.

意思,意義;含義
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

重要性;價值
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)