Learner's definition of MEANING
1 : the idea that is represented by a word, phrase, etc.
What is the precise/exact meaning of this word in English?
Many words have developed more than one meaning. [=sense]
an old word that has taken on a new meaning
The word has both literal meanings and figurative meanings.
2 a : the idea that a person wants to express by using words, signs, etc.
Don't distort her meaning by taking her words out of context.
Do you get my meaning? = (chiefly Brit) Do you take my meaning? [=do you understand what I'm telling you?]
I didn't understand the meaning of his remark/gesture.
[noncount] b : the idea that is expressed in a work of writing, art, etc.
3 a : the true purpose of something b : a quality that gives something real value and importance
c : the reason or explanation for something
He began to feel that his life had lost its meaning.
a life without meaning = a life devoid of meaning [=a meaningless life]
Working with children has given her life new meaning.
know the meaning of (something)
: to understand (something) because you have experienced it— often used in negative statements— often used in an exaggerated way to make a forceful statement