mean‧ing S2 W1
the thing or idea that a word, expression, or sign represents
of a word/sign etc[uncountable and countable]
I don't know the precise meaning of the word 'gleaned'.
The expression has two very different meanings in English.
the thoughts or ideas that someone wants you to understand from what they say, do, write etc
ideas in speech/book etc[uncountable and countable]
The meaning of her words was clear. We'd lost our jobs.
She hardly dared to understand the meaning behind his statement.
get/understand somebody's meaning (=understand what they are trying to tell you)
He's become a bit more than a friend, if you get my meaning.
used to demand an explanation:
What's the meaning of this? I asked you to be here an hour ago!
the quality that makes life, work etc seem to have a purpose or value:
Life seemed to have lost its meaning since Janet's death.
Her studies no longer seemed to have any meaning.
For many people it is religion that gives meaning to their existence.
the true nature and importance of something
We seem to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.
to have, or not have, experience and understanding of a particular situation or feeling:
Living in a warzone, the children knew the meaning of fear.
Guilty! She doesn't know the meaning of the word!