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meaningnoun

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.
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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: 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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