Definition of meaningful in English:



  • 1Having meaning:

    ‘meaningful elements in a language’
    ‘words likely to be meaningful to pupils’
    • ‘The strategy will apply different messaging and tactics that are meaningful to consumers as they enter different life stages.’
    • ‘But in trying so hard to make its guidelines understandable to everyone, the FDA has made them meaningful to no one, and insulting to our intelligence to boot.’
    • ‘The description should be meaningful to the visitor.’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, they began to negotiate solutions that were meaningful to all.’
    • ‘Also the essence of what they're writing about, is deep and touching and meaningful to me.’
    • ‘Rename the icon to make it more meaningful to you.’
    • ‘Framers must do the math to decide upon incentives that strike a good balance between being meaningful to customers and keeping the shop's profit margin intact.’
    • ‘Some recognize that men and women are different, but worry that tailoring their product or service to be meaningful to women could undermine their appeal to men.’
    • ‘Emotional Branding navigates these choppy waters by enabling brands to carry on a personal dialogue with consumers on the issues which are most meaningful to them.’
    • ‘The purpose of collecting qualitative data is to find some sort of pattern inherent in the numbers that will point out some trend that is meaningful to the collector.’
    • ‘Throughout the experiential learning cycle, learners are actively involved in every aspect of constructing their knowledge in a manner that is meaningful to them.’
    • ‘Attract more students with a basic foundation program that is fun and meaningful to them, then move those dancers who show potential into your more professional programs.’
    • ‘The marketing strategy is to create a point of difference that is meaningful to the patient.’
    • ‘To map that joining, we must explore emerging technologies, not merely because they are new, but because they have some bearing on a facet of sound and music that is meaningful to us.’
    • ‘Emily searched her mind for something eloquent and meaningful to say in response, but the plain and simple truth rolled off the tip of her tongue instead.’
    • ‘However, these connections are not clear enough for the experience to be meaningful to anyone who was not there.’
    • ‘Instead we saw one another as co-creators of an artistic process that was deeply meaningful to us.’
    • ‘To attend only or mostly to activities and issues that are meaningful to me would make a huge difference in attitude about teaching.’
    • ‘But requirements should be changed over time to make them more meaningful to executives if initial levels don't sustain their attention.’
    • ‘The primary benefit of user-centered design is that, when performed well, it ensures that the product is useful, usable, and meaningful to the end-user.’
    significant, relevant, important, consequential, material, telling, pithy, weighty, valid, worthwhile, purposeful
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    1. 1.1 Serious, important, or worthwhile:
      ‘the new structure would bring meaningful savings’
      • ‘Children who see literacy as a family value and learn early on that reading and writing are pleasurable, important and meaningful are more successful in school.’
      • ‘I mean that it was a serious attempt to make meaningful acknowledgment of his concern for art history without renouncing his painstakingly constructed, jaded persona.’
      • ‘Strong relationships established between a student and his/her advisor can be a union, which makes the college experience meaningful and worthwhile.’
      • ‘The comparison must be meaningful and relevant.’
      • ‘Additional internal processes are finding the activities of the course to be personally interesting, fun, meaningful, and relevant.’
      • ‘Do you ever worry about the place of art, of serious, meaningful human discourse?’
      • ‘Any words that strike you as important or meaningful, words that you feel are stressed, biased, repeated or isolated.’
      • ‘Yet, such praise has come to be more meaningful and important than any accolades he might have received for news articles he crafted in another life.’
      • ‘The remembered past is unobjective, but it is meaningful and valid to more people because they participate in its transmission.’
      • ‘‘We choose the subject matter because it is meaningful and important to society,’ he said.’
      • ‘‘You need to find a meaningful purpose other than just pushing paper,’ she says.’
      • ‘In her first book, she pursues answers to a sort of question that, once articulated, seems so important and meaningful that one wonders how it escaped being asked for so long.’
      • ‘For this reason, the Law of Emphyteusis was certainly Argentina's most important step toward meaningful land reform.’
      • ‘The commentary focuses on a single endpoint of one study and completely ignores other important and meaningful results from that study.’
      • ‘Depending on work, learning, and leisure activities, different people will consider different activities as personally meaningful and important.’
      • ‘Overall, these are truly terrible transfers matched with no meaningful windfall material and sound like a 1950s transistor radio.’
      • ‘The show was able to conjure up serious and meaningful drama, and could absolutely rock the house when it chose to.’
      • ‘Possibly this room had a very meaningful purpose, and the tower was built sturdier than the others to ensure its protection.’
      • ‘Heck, he couldn't even remember the last time he had been in a serious, meaningful relationship!’
      • ‘I'm not happy to be some yes man and skate through my career without making something meaningful of it for myself, and more importantly others.’
      sincere, deep, serious, in earnest, significant, important
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    2. 1.2 Communicating something that is not directly expressed:
      ‘meaningful glances and repressed passion’
      • ‘I gave Becca a meaningful glance and she tried to smile.’
      • ‘Wait for the tension to become unbearable, noticing the meaningful glances in the hallways, and then wait for him to kiss you.’
      • ‘Ross, sensing that he's been dismissed, nods and gives his father a meaningful glance, unseen by Tristan.’
      • ‘Kim depends so much on wordless communication and meaningful interplay of glances.’
      • ‘But she didn't miss the meaningful glances that passed between Serah and Julia.’
      • ‘As Silveria spoke he sent a meaningful glance in Ramano's direction.’
      • ‘If they don't, start throwing meaningful glances toward the door.’
      • ‘Yet there was no mistaking David's deep, meaningful eyes.’
      • ‘I faintly nod and give them a meaningful glance.’
      • ‘‘My mother was in a car crash,’ she said slowly, then threw a meaningful glance at Brandon, who had stopped eating and was staring at her.’
      • ‘She paused and gave him a deep and meaningful smile.’
      • ‘When the class finished Mrs Smith gave me a meaningful glance, I guess that's a hint to come back after school was over.’
      • ‘With a meaningful glance at his comrade, he pointed to the south.’
      • ‘After a meaningful glance at Celeste, the Seer withdrew into silence.’
      • ‘The hump-backed woman cast a meaningful glance at Cixi, whose mouth became firm with indignation.’
      • ‘‘Maybe you should double loop it,’ he suggested, casting a meaningful look in Josh's direction.’
      • ‘There can be more humour in a meaningful glance between Jim Royle and his son, or in a pregnant pause between the Royles and the mad woman next door, than in an entire episode of My Family or Friends.’
      • ‘She shook her head, giving the dragon a meaningful glance.’
      • ‘Alice and Lisa exchanged meaningful glances, and they both smiled.’
      • ‘The two officials exchanged meaningful glances.’
      expressive, eloquent, pointed, significant, meaning
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    3. 1.3Logic Having a recognizable function in a logical language or other sign system.
      • ‘A meaningful test of Radius system performance required confirmation of the interferometer concept.’
      • ‘As it turns out, many virtual entities lend themselves well to the meaningful assignment of status functions.’