Definition of “meaning” - English Dictionary

“meaning” in British English

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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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(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 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)