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Pronunciation: (mē'ning), [key]
1. what is intended to be, or actually is, expressed or indicated; signification; import: the three meanings of a word.
2. the end, purpose, or significance of something: What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of this intrusion?
3. Ling.
a. the nonlinguistic cultural correlate, reference, or denotation of a linguistic form; expression.
b. linguistic content (opposed to expression).

1. intentioned (usually used in combination): She's a well-meaning person.
2. full of significance; expressive: a meaning look.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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