Synonyms of meaning


1. meaning, significance, signification, import, message, content, subject matter, substance

usage: the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

2. meaning, substance, idea, thought

usage: the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?"


1. mean, intend, convey

usage: mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"

2. entail, imply, mean, necessitate

usage: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

3. mean, intend, signify, stand for

usage: denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"

4. intend, mean, think

usage: have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"

5. mean

usage: have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"

6. think of, have in mind, mean, associate, tie in, relate, link, colligate, link up, connect

usage: intend to refer to; "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"

7. mean, intend, destine, designate, specify

usage: destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you"


1. meaning(prenominal), pregnant, significant, meaningful (vs. meaningless)

usage: rich in significance or implication; "a meaning look"

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