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“meaning” in English

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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.
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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us /ˈmi·nɪŋ/

meaning noun (IMPORTANCE)

[ U ] importance or value:

Life had lost its 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)

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The difference between not prohibiting access to work and taking action to make it possible to work is more than just a shade of meaning.
If we want a social economy, we must give it real meaning, based on solidarity and the fight against speculation; words alone will get us nowhere.
Often, children - even gifted children - are written off as intellectually weak or clumsy by well-meaning teachers and education authorities because they do not have the expertise to tell the difference.
Let us see flexicurity being given positive meaning for the millions of workers who currently see it as a cloak for exploitation.
How can humanity be given meaning?
Added to which is the lack of a continental shelf, meaning that fishing essentially takes place on what are referred to as ‘submarine hills’.
One might sum this up as meaning that, if there are too many illegal immigrants, we arrange for them all to be legalised.
Indeed, this reference is not a contribution to the clerical concerns of certain social groups but the historical memory of the truest meaning behind our institutions.
As a group, too, we are very clearly in favour of extending the three-pillar model, meaning public systems, occupational systems involving both employers and employees, and private or individual schemes.
I should like to share a story with you, which is not classically parliamentary but nonetheless has a connection and meaning for me on this day of all days.