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Meaning of “meaning” in the English Dictionary

"meaning" in British English

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meaningnoun

uk   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 ​planejourney, 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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(Definition of meaning from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"meaning" in American English

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meaningnoun

 us   /ˈmi·nɪŋ/

meaning noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] importance or ​value: Life had ​lostits meaning for her.

meaning noun (EXPRESSION)

[C/U] what something ​represents or ​expresses: [C] Do you ​know the meaning of this word? [C] The word has several meanings.
(Definition of meaning from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “meaning”
in Arabic مَعْنى, هَدَف…
in Korean 의미, 목적…
in Portuguese significado, propósito…
in Catalan significat, sentit…
in Japanese 意味, 価値…
in Chinese (Simplified) 符号或字词, 意思,意义, 含义…
in Turkish anlam, mana, gaye…
in Russian значение, смысл…
in Chinese (Traditional) 符號或字詞, 意思,意義, 含義…
in Italian significato, valore…
in Polish znaczenie, sens…
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