Definition of meaningful in English:



  • 1Having meaning.

    ‘meaningful elements in a language’
    ‘questions that are meaningful to students’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The strategy will apply different messaging and tactics that are meaningful to consumers as they enter different life stages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also the essence of what they're writing about, is deep and touching and meaningful to me.’
    • ‘Throughout the experiential learning cycle, learners are actively involved in every aspect of constructing their knowledge in a manner that is meaningful to them.’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, they began to negotiate solutions that were meaningful to all.’
    • ‘Instead we saw one another as co-creators of an artistic process that was deeply meaningful to us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But requirements should be changed over time to make them more meaningful to executives if initial levels don't sustain their attention.’
    • ‘The marketing strategy is to create a point of difference that is meaningful to the patient.’
    • ‘Rename the icon to make it more meaningful to you.’
    • ‘To attend only or mostly to activities and issues that are meaningful to me would make a huge difference in attitude about teaching.’
    • ‘However, these connections are not clear enough for the experience to be meaningful to anyone who was not there.’
    • ‘The description should be meaningful to the visitor.’
    significant, relevant, important, consequential, material, telling, pithy, weighty, valid, worthwhile, purposeful
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    1. 1.1Having a serious, important, or useful quality or purpose.
      ‘making our lives rich and meaningful’
      • ‘The remembered past is unobjective, but it is meaningful and valid to more people because they participate in its transmission.’
      • ‘The show was able to conjure up serious and meaningful drama, and could absolutely rock the house when it chose to.’
      • ‘Strong relationships established between a student and his/her advisor can be a union, which makes the college experience meaningful and worthwhile.’
      • ‘Any words that strike you as important or meaningful, words that you feel are stressed, biased, repeated or isolated.’
      • ‘Depending on work, learning, and leisure activities, different people will consider different activities as personally meaningful and important.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Possibly this room had a very meaningful purpose, and the tower was built sturdier than the others to ensure its protection.’
      • ‘The comparison must be meaningful and relevant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The commentary focuses on a single endpoint of one study and completely ignores other important and meaningful results from that study.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do you ever worry about the place of art, of serious, meaningful human discourse?’
      • ‘‘We choose the subject matter because it is meaningful and important to society,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Heck, he couldn't even remember the last time he had been in a serious, meaningful relationship!’
      • ‘Additional internal processes are finding the activities of the course to be personally interesting, fun, meaningful, and relevant.’
      • ‘Overall, these are truly terrible transfers matched with no meaningful windfall material and sound like a 1950s transistor radio.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘You need to find a meaningful purpose other than just pushing paper,’ she says.’
      • ‘For this reason, the Law of Emphyteusis was certainly Argentina's most important step toward meaningful land reform.’
      sincere, deep, serious, in earnest, significant, important
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    2. 1.2Communicating something that is not directly expressed.
      ‘meaningful glances and repressed passion’
      • ‘Wait for the tension to become unbearable, noticing the meaningful glances in the hallways, and then wait for him to kiss you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alice and Lisa exchanged meaningful glances, and they both smiled.’
      • ‘Ross, sensing that he's been dismissed, nods and gives his father a meaningful glance, unseen by Tristan.’
      • ‘As Silveria spoke he sent a meaningful glance in Ramano's direction.’
      • ‘Yet there was no mistaking David's deep, meaningful eyes.’
      • ‘‘Maybe you should double loop it,’ he suggested, casting a meaningful look in Josh's direction.’
      • ‘Kim depends so much on wordless communication and meaningful interplay of glances.’
      • ‘If they don't, start throwing meaningful glances toward the door.’
      • ‘She shook her head, giving the dragon a meaningful glance.’
      • ‘After a meaningful glance at Celeste, the Seer withdrew into silence.’
      • ‘The two officials exchanged meaningful glances.’
      • ‘With a meaningful glance at his comrade, he pointed to the south.’
      • ‘But she didn't miss the meaningful glances that passed between Serah and Julia.’
      • ‘The hump-backed woman cast a meaningful glance at Cixi, whose mouth became firm with indignation.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘When the class finished Mrs Smith gave me a meaningful glance, I guess that's a hint to come back after school was over.’
      • ‘I gave Becca a meaningful glance and she tried to smile.’
      • ‘She paused and gave him a deep and meaningful smile.’
      • ‘I faintly nod and give them a meaningful glance.’
      expressive, eloquent, pointed, significant, meaning
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    3. 1.3Logic Having a recognizable function in a logical language or other sign system.
      • ‘As it turns out, many virtual entities lend themselves well to the meaningful assignment of status functions.’
      • ‘A meaningful test of Radius system performance required confirmation of the interferometer concept.’