Synonyms of meaning
1 significanceDictionary • I became more aware of the symbols and their meanings.
message • The report's message was unequivocal.
explanation • The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.
substance • The substance of his discussions doesn't really matter.
import • I have already spoken about the import of his speech.
implication • The implication was obvious: vote for us or you'll be sorry.
drift • She was beginning to get his drift.
essence • Some claim that Ireland's very essence is expressed through its language.
purport • The purport of his speech was obvious.
connotation • It's just one of those words that's got so many negative connotations.
gist • He related the gist of his conversation to us.
2 definitionDictionary • arguing over the exact meaning of this word or that
definition • There is no general agreement on a standard definition of sanity.
sense • a noun which has two senses
interpretation • The Opposition put a different interpretation on the figures.
explication • his explication of the major concepts of modern physics
elucidation • a work devoted to the elucidation of James Joyce's greatest novel
3 purposeDictionary • Unsure of the meaning of this remark, he remained silent.
purpose • The purpose of the occasion was to raise money for charity.
point • What's the point of all these questions?
end • another policy designed to achieve the same end
idea • The idea is to help lower-income families to buy their homes.
goal • The goal is to raise as much money as possible.
design • Is there some design in having him here?
aim • a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
object • The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
intention • He announced his intention of standing for parliament.
4 forceDictionary • a challenge that gives meaning to life
force • He changed our world through the force of his ideas.
use • There's no use you asking me any more questions about that.
point • You have missed the main point of my argument.
effect • He told me to get lost, or words to that effect.
value • Studies are needed to see if these therapies have any value.
worth • The client has little means of judging the worth of the advice he is given.
thrust • The main thrust of the film is its examination of religious values.
validity • Some people deny the validity of this claim.
usefulness • His interest lay in the usefulness of his work.
efficacy • Recent medical studies confirm the efficacy of a healthier lifestyle.
expressiveDictionary • He nodded and gave me a meaning look.
expressive • All his poems are expressive of his love for nature.
meaningful • The two men exchanged a quick, meaningful look.
significant • The old woman gave her a significant glance.
pregnant • There was a long, pregnant silence.
telltale • the telltale redness around his eyes
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aimThe aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve.
• a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
Holy Grail (informal)
Holy Grail (informal)
connotationThe connotations of a particular word or name are the ideas or qualities which it makes you think of.
• It's just one of those words that's got so many negative connotations.
• There is no general agreement on a standard definition of sanity.
Thesaurus for meaning from the Collins English Thesaurus
the sense or significance of a word, sentence, symbol, etc; import; semantic or lexical content
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