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あて字 [あてじ] /(n) (1) kanji used as a phonetic symbol, instead of for the meaning/phonetic-equivalent character/substitute character/(2) kanji used for their meaning, irrespective of reading/
こ /(suf) (1) (abbr) doing/in such a state/(2) doing together/contest/match/(3) (fam) familiarizing suffix (sometimes meaning "small")/
こじつける /(v1,vt) to distort/to strain (interpretation)/to force (meaning)/
っこ /(suf) (1) (abbr) doing/in such a state/(2) doing together/contest/match/(3) (fam) familiarizing suffix (sometimes meaning "small")/
っちゅう /(conj) (col) meaning/called/said/
っつー /(conj) (col) meaning/called/said/
っつう /(conj) (col) meaning/called/said/
って言う [っていう] /(conj) (col) (uk) meaning/called/said/
もの言う [ものいう] /(v5u,vt) to talk/to carry meaning/
イミフ /(adj-na) (abbr) (sl) of uncertain meaning/ambiguous/
オバむ /(v5m) (sl) (various meanings, including) to chant, "Yes we can, yes we can!"/
シーハイル /(exp) skiers' greeting meaning "Good skiing!" (ger: Ski Heil)/(P)/
ダブル・ミーニング /(n) double meaning/
ダブルミーニング /(n) double meaning/
ドサンピン /(n) (derog) low-ranking samurai (orig. meaning)/underling/loser/
ホシザメ属 [ホシザメぞく] /(n) Mustelus (genus of smooth-hound sharks in the family Triakidae)/from the Latin mustela meaning weasel/
悪意 [あくい] /(n,adj-no) (1) ill will/spite/evil intention/malice/(2) bad meaning/(n) (3) (law) mala fides/bad faith/criminal intent to deceive/(4) (law) malice/(P)/
宛て字 [あてじ] /(n) (1) kanji used as a phonetic symbol, instead of for the meaning/phonetic-equivalent character/substitute character/(2) kanji used for their meaning, irrespective of reading/
宛字 [あてじ] /(n) (1) kanji used as a phonetic symbol, instead of for the meaning/phonetic-equivalent character/substitute character/(2) kanji used for their meaning, irrespective of reading/
意 [い] /(n) (1) feelings/thoughts/(2) meaning/
意義 [いぎ] /(n) meaning/significance/(P)/
意義素 [いぎそ] /(n) (ling) sememe/semanteme/irreducible unit of meaning/
意符 [いふ] /(n) part of a kanji for which the role is primarily to represent the meaning (as opposed to the pronunciation)/
意味 [いみ] /(n,vs) meaning/significance/(P)/
意味がある [いみがある] /(exp,v5r-i) to have meaning/to be meaningful/
意味するもの [いみするもの] /(n,exp) meaning/connotation/denotation/
意味の関係理論 [いみのかんけいりろん] /(n) (ling) relational theory of meaning/
意味を取る [いみをとる] /(exp,v5r) to follow the sense/to understand the meaning of/
意味を捉える [いみをとらえる] /(exp,v1) to grasp the meaning/
意味合 [いみあい] /(n) implication/nuance/shade of meaning/connotation/
意味合い [いみあい] /(n) implication/nuance/shade of meaning/connotation/(P)/
意味慎重 [いみしんちょう] /(iK) (adj-na,n) (yoji) with profound (often hidden) meaning/being suggestive/pregnant with significance/
意味深 [いみしん] /(adj-na) (col) (abbr) with profound (often hidden) meaning/being suggestive/pregnant with significance/
意味深 [いみぶか] /(ik) (adj-na) (col) (abbr) with profound (often hidden) meaning/being suggestive/pregnant with significance/
意味深重 [いみしんちょう] /(iK) (adj-na,n) (yoji) with profound (often hidden) meaning/being suggestive/pregnant with significance/
意味深長 [いみしんちょう] /(adj-na,n) (yoji) with profound (often hidden) meaning/being suggestive/pregnant with significance/
意味段落 [いみだんらく] /(n) logical paragraph (as opposed to a formal paragraph)/segment of text expressing a single meaning/
意味内容 [いみないよう] /(n) (ling) semantic content (of a term)/meaning (of a sentence)/
意味不明 [いみふめい] /(n,adj-na,adj-no) of uncertain meaning/ambiguous/cryptic/(P)/
意味付ける [いみづける] /(v1,vt) to give meaning to/
意味論 [いみろん] /(n) (ling) semantics/the study of meaning/
異義 [いぎ] /(n) (1) different meaning/(2) different opinion/
異字同訓 [いじどうくん] /(n) (yoji) different kanji with the same Japanese reading (and usu. a similar meaning)/
一義 [いちぎ] /(n) (1) reason/principle/meaning/(2) first meaning/first principle/first consideration/(P)/
引っ [ひっ] /(pref) goes before a verb to strengthen its meaning or to add emphasis/
音仮名 [おんがな] /(n) (obsc) (prior to the advent of kana) kanji used to represent readings of words, selected for their on-yomi, regardless of meaning/
音義 [おんぎ] /(n) kanji reading and meaning/
音符 [おんぷ] /(n) (1) musical note/note symbol/(2) phonetic symbol (incl. the kanji and kana-doubling symbols, vowel-lengthening symbol, etc.)/(3) part of a kanji for which the role is primarily to represent the pronunciation (as opposed to the meaning)/(P)/
何なのか [なになのか] /(exp) what is it (that)/the meaning of something/what something is about/(P)/
何なのか [なんなのか] /(exp) what is it (that)/the meaning of something/what something is about/(P)/
歌の心 [うたのこころ] /(n) spirit of a poem/true meaning of a poem/
歌心 [うたごころ] /(n) (waka) poetic sentiment/waka-composing mood/solid grounding in waka/meaning of a waka poem/
画意 [がい] /(n) meaning of a picture/
含み [ふくみ] /(n) implication/hidden meaning/latitude/atmosphere/tone/sentiment/inclusion/(P)/
含蓄 [がんちく] /(n,vs) implication/significance/connotation/depth of meaning/complications of a problem/(P)/
含蓄のある [がんちくのある] /(exp) significant/suggestive/pregnant (with meaning)/
含蓄の有る [がんちくのある] /(exp) significant/suggestive/pregnant (with meaning)/
義 [ぎ] /(n,adj-no) (1) morality/righteousness/justice/honour (honor)/(2) meaning/(3) (Buddh) teachings/doctrine/(n,n-pref) (4) nonconsanguineous relationship (i.e. of in-laws)/(5) prosthesis/
義訓 [ぎくん] /(n) reading of a kanji by meaning/
逆さ言葉 [さかさことば] /(n) word said backwards/word of opposite meaning/
玉虫色 [たまむしいろ] /(n,adj-no) (1) iridescent/(2) equivocal/ambivalent/(3) variable meaning/weasel-word/chameleonic interpretation/(P)/
句意 [くい] /(n) meaning of phrase/
句義 [くぎ] /(n) meaning of a phrase/
寓意 [ぐうい] /(n,adj-no) hidden meaning/symbolism/moral/
訓仮名 [くんがな] /(n) (obsc) (prior to the advent of kana) kanji used to represent readings of words, selected for their kun-yomi, regardless of meaning/
訓義 [くんぎ] /(n) reading and meaning of a kanji/
訓釈 [くんしゃく] /(n,vs) explaining the meanings of old words/
形声 [けいせい] /(n) kanji in which one element suggests the meaning, the other the pronunciation/
経文の義を説く [きょうもんのぎをとく] /(exp,v5k) to explain the meaning of a sutra/
原意 [げんい] /(n) original meaning/
原義 [げんぎ] /(n) original meaning/(P)/
古義 [こぎ] /(n) old meaning/old interpretation/
語の意味 [ごのいみ] /(exp,n) meaning of a word/
語意 [ごい] /(n) (ling) meaning of a word/
語義 [ごぎ] /(n,adj-no) (ling) meaning of a word/
語史 [ごし] /(n) dictionary giving etymology and describing historical changes in meaning and usage/
語志 [ごし] /(n) dictionary giving etymology and describing historical changes in meaning and usage/
語誌 [ごし] /(n) dictionary giving etymology and describing historical changes in meaning and usage/
語素 [ごそ] /(n) word root (the smallest portion of a larger word that holds meaning)/
口うら [くちうら] /(n) (1) determining a speaker's true or hidden meaning/determining a speaker's intentions from his manner of speech/(2) (arch) divining good or bad luck from listening to someone/
口占 [くちうら] /(n) (1) determining a speaker's true or hidden meaning/determining a speaker's intentions from his manner of speech/(2) (arch) divining good or bad luck from listening to someone/
口裏 [くちうら] /(n) (1) determining a speaker's true or hidden meaning/determining a speaker's intentions from his manner of speech/(2) (arch) divining good or bad luck from listening to someone/
国訓 [こっくん] /(n) Japanese reading of a kanji (sometimes esp. in ref. to readings that do not correspond to the orig. Chinese meaning of the kanji)/
混交 [こんこう] /(n,vs) (1) mixture/intermixture/mixing up/jumbling together/(2) (ling) contamination/creation of unorthodox words or phrases by combining terms of similar form or meaning/
混合語 [こんごうご] /(n) (1) (ling) pidgin/creole/new language created by blending two or more existing languages (e.g. Afrikaans)/(2) (ling) contamination/creation of unorthodox words or phrases by combining terms of similar form or meaning/
混淆 [こんこう] /(n,vs) (1) mixture/intermixture/mixing up/jumbling together/(2) (ling) contamination/creation of unorthodox words or phrases by combining terms of similar form or meaning/
作文 [さくぶん] /(n,vs) (1) writing (an essay, prose, etc.)/composition/(2) formal writing with little real meaning/(P)/
旨 [むね] /(n) (1) center (centre)/pillar/principle/(2) purport/gist/drift/meaning/(P)/
字引学問 [じびきがくもん] /(n) (yoji) superficial learning/book learning/merely knowing the meanings of a large number of individual words/
字解 [じかい] /(n,vs) kanji meaning interpretation/
字義 [じぎ] /(n) the meaning or sense of a word/
実字 [じつじ] /(n) kanji character with a concrete meaning/
借音 [しゃくおん] /(n) using the Chinese-reading of kanji to represent native Japanese words (irrespective of the kanji's actual meaning)/
借訓 [しゃっくん] /(n) using the Japanese-reading of kanji to represent native Japanese words (irrespective of the kanji's actual meaning)/
主意 [しゅい] /(n) main meaning/opinion/idea/aim/motive/gist/meaning/
主旨 [しゅし] /(n) meaning/point (e.g. of a statement)/gist/effect/
趣 [おもむき] /(n) (1) meaning/tenor/gist/(2) effect/influence/(3) appearance/aspect/(4) taste/(5) grace/charm/refinement/(P)/
趣き [おもむき] /(io) (n) (1) meaning/tenor/gist/(2) effect/influence/(3) appearance/aspect/(4) taste/(5) grace/charm/refinement/(P)/
趣意 [しゅい] /(n) main meaning/opinion/idea/aim/motive/gist/meaning/
趣旨 [しゅし] /(n) (1) meaning/point (e.g. of a statement)/gist/effect/(2) goal/intent/object/aim/point/(P)/
重ね言葉 [かさねことば] /(n) repeated word or phrase/redundant wording/succession of words of similar meaning/pleonasm/
重ね詞 [かさねことば] /(n) repeated word or phrase/redundant wording/succession of words of similar meaning/pleonasm/
重言 [じゅうごん] /(n) succession of words of similar meaning/
重言葉 [かさねことば] /(n) repeated word or phrase/redundant wording/succession of words of similar meaning/pleonasm/
重詞 [かさねことば] /(io) (n) repeated word or phrase/redundant wording/succession of words of similar meaning/pleonasm/
心 [こころ] /(n) (1) mind/heart/spirit/(2) the meaning of a phrase (riddle, etc.)/(P)/
新規 [しんき] /(adj-na,adj-no) (1) new/fresh/(n) (2) new item (e.g. customer, regulation)/newly created object (orig. meaning)/(3) new customer/(P)/
深意 [しんい] /(n) deep or profound meaning/
真意 [しんい] /(n) real intention/true motive/true meaning/(P)/
真意義 [しんいぎ] /(n) true meaning/
真義 [しんぎ] /(n) true meaning/true significance/
真味 [しんみ] /(n) true meaning/
正意 [せいい] /(n) true heart/correct meaning/
正義 [せいぎ] /(n) justice/right/righteousness/correct meaning/(P)/
切韻 [せついん] /(n) qieyun (ancient Chinese dictionary arranged by rhyme, displaying characters' meanings and representing their pronunciation with fanqie)/
相当 [そうとう] /(adj-na,adj-no,n-adv,vs) (1) befitting/becoming/worthy of/proportionate/in keeping with/suitable/(2) considerable/substantial/(vs) (3) to be worthy of/to be proportionate to/(4) to correspond to (in meaning, function, etc.)/to be equivalent/(adv) (5) extremely/considerably/(P)/
存在意義 [そんざいいぎ] /(n) (yoji) meaning of life/meaning of one's existence/
多義 [たぎ] /(n,adj-no) various meanings/
多義的 [たぎてき] /(adj-na) ambiguous/polysemous/equivocal/having many meanings/
大文字 [だいもんじ] /(n) (1) upper case letters/large characters/capital letter/(2) the (kanji) character "dai" meaning "big"/(3) huge character "dai" formed by fires lit on the side of a mountain in Kyoto on 16 Aug each year/
第二義 [だいにぎ] /(n) secondary meaning/of secondary import/
題意 [だいい] /(n) meaning of a title (of a book, poem, etc.)/point of a question/
勅意 [ちょくい] /(n) meaning or gist of a decree/
転 [てん] /(n) (1) altering pronunciation or meaning/word with altered pronunciation or meaning/(2) (abbr) turning or twisting part of a text (in Chinese poetry)/
転義 [てんぎ] /(n) figurative meaning/
転注 [てんちゅう] /(n) applying an extended meaning to a kanji/
棟梁 [とうりょう] /(n,adj-t) (1) chief support/pillar (e.g. of nation)/leader/(2) boss/master (craftsman)/(n) (3) beams and ridge supports of a roof (orig. meaning)/
当て字 [あてじ] /(n) (1) kanji used as a phonetic symbol, instead of for the meaning/phonetic-equivalent character/substitute character/(2) kanji used for their meaning, irrespective of reading/
当字 [あてじ] /(io) (n) (1) kanji used as a phonetic symbol, instead of for the meaning/phonetic-equivalent character/substitute character/(2) kanji used for their meaning, irrespective of reading/
同意 [どうい] /(n,vs,adj-no) (1) agreement/consent/same opinion/approval/(2) same meaning/(P)/
同意義 [どういぎ] /(n) the same meaning/
同意味 [どういみ] /(n,adj-no) same meaning/
同音異義 [どうおんいぎ] /(n) (ling) homonymy/(two words) having the same pronunciation but bearing different meanings/
同音異字 [どうおんいじ] /(n) homophone/word with the same pronunciation and similar meaning as another but a different written form/
同義 [どうぎ] /(adj-na,n,adj-no) the same meaning/
同訓異字 [どうくんいじ] /(n) different kanji with the same Japanese reading (and usu. a similar meaning)/
読み込む [よみこむ] /(v5m,vt) (1) to read thoroughly/to read repeatedly/(2) to express (e.g. emotion in poetry)/(3) to read (extra meaning) into (something)/(4) (comp) to fetch (e.g. CPU inst.)/to read (data into a system)/to load/
読書百遍 [どくしょひゃっぺん] /(exp) (yoji) Repeated reading (makes the meaning clear)/Reading something again and again (will lead one to realize its meaning)/
能なし犬の高吠え [のうなしいぬのたかぼえ] /(exp) (id) (obsc) a barking dog seldom bites (meaning those who make the most noise have the least talent)/
能無し犬の高吠え [のうなしいぬのたかぼえ] /(exp) (id) (obsc) a barking dog seldom bites (meaning those who make the most noise have the least talent)/
把捉 [はそく] /(n,vs) grasping (a meaning)/
発明 [はつめい] /(n,vs) (1) invention/(adj-na) (2) intelligent/clever/(n,vs) (3) (arch) being enlightened/having the meaning of everything become clear/(P)/
反り [かえり] /(n) (1) turning over/flipping over/(2) reply/response/(3) marks indicating the Japanese meaning of the texts of Chinese classics/(4) lapel/
表記ゆれ [ひょうきゆれ] /(n) orthographical variants/words with the same pronunciation and meaning, but different written forms/spelling inconsistency/
表記揺れ [ひょうきゆれ] /(n) orthographical variants/words with the same pronunciation and meaning, but different written forms/spelling inconsistency/
物言う [ものいう] /(v5u,vt) to talk/to carry meaning/
文意 [ぶんい] /(n) meaning of a sentence/
返り [かえり] /(n) (1) turning over/flipping over/(2) reply/response/(3) marks indicating the Japanese meaning of the texts of Chinese classics/(4) lapel/
返り点 [かえりてん] /(n) marks indicating the Japanese meaning of the texts of Chinese classics/
訪う [おとなう] /(v5u,vi) (1) (uk) to visit/(2) (arch) (original meaning) to make a noise/
本義 [ほんぎ] /(n) true meaning/underlying principle/
味あい [あじあい] /(n) (1) flavour/flavor/(2) meaning/significance/
味わい [あじわい] /(n,adj-no) (1) flavour/flavor/(2) meaning/significance/(P)/
無意味 [むいみ] /(adj-na,n) nonsense/no meaning/meaningless/(P)/
無量義経 [むりょうぎきょう] /(n) Sutra of Immeasurable Meanings/
夜も日も明けない [よもひもあけない] /(exp) cannot live even a minute without someone or something/meaning the world to one/
訳 [わけ] /(n) (uk) conclusion from reasoning, judgement or calculation based on something read or heard/reason/cause/meaning/circumstances/situation/(P)/
訳合 [わけあい] /(n) (uk) reason/circumstances/meaning/
訳合い [わけあい] /(n) (uk) reason/circumstances/meaning/
訳柄 [わけがら] /(n) reason/circumstances/meaning/
余意 [よい] /(n) implied meaning/
両義 [りょうぎ] /(n,adj-no) double meaning/two meanings/amphibolous/
類義語 [るいぎご] /(n) (ling) quasi-synonym (word that has a similar meaning to another, but is not interchangeable)/
類語 [るいご] /(n) (ling) quasi-synonym (word that has a similar meaning to another, but is not interchangeable)/
渾淆 [こんこう] /(n,vs) (1) mixture/intermixture/mixing up/jumbling together/(2) (ling) contamination/creation of unorthodox words or phrases by combining terms of similar form or meaning/
What various meanings can you find for the word "satellite"? 「衛星」という単語にいくつの意味を見つけることが出来るだろうか。
"Act now!" he said, and in addition to his obvious meaning, he hinted that there were number of other important reasons why immediate action was needed. 「今、行動を起こせ」という、それが伝える実際的な意味に加えて、即座の行動がなぜ重要であるかという多くの理由をも、言外に示唆していたのであった。
As one gesture can have many different meanings, so many different gestures can have the same meaning. 1つのしぐさが様々な意味があるのと同じように多くの異なったしぐさが同一の意味を持つ事もある。
There doesn't seem any difference of meaning between the two constructions. 2つの構文には意味の違いは何も無いようだ。
There does not seem to be any difference of meaning between the two constructions. 2つの構文の間に意味の相違はないように思われる。
What is the precise meaning of precise? preciseという語の正確な意味は何ですか。
You will have guessed its meaning by the end of the chapter. あなたはその章の終わりまでにその意味を推測してしまっているでしょう。
It would be a great thing to understand pain in all its meaning. あらゆる意味の苦悩を理解することは偉大なことであろう。
Your meaning didn't come across clearly. おっしゃる意味がピンときません。
Money, as such, has no meaning. お金それ自体は何の意味もないものだ。
I must point out that we need to clarify the meaning of this over-used concept. このあまりにも使われすぎている概念を明確にする必要があるころを指摘したい。
This passage contains a lot of meaning. この一節には多くの意味が含まれている。
I can't understand this sign's meaning. この記号の意味が理解できない。
What is the meaning of this phrase? この句はどう意味ですか。
This word has a double meaning. この語には2重の意味がある。
This word has two meanings. この単語には二つの意味がある。
What is the meaning of this word? この単語の意味は何ですか。
Do you know the meaning of this word? この単語の意味を知っていますか。
The meaning of this sentence is obscure. この文の意味ははっきりしない。
The meaning of this sentence is obscure. この文の意味は不明瞭だ。
Will you please explain the meaning of this sentence to me? この文の意味を私に教えてくれませんか。
The meaning of this sentence is ambiguous. この文は意味があいまいだ。
The meaning of this sentence is obscure. この問題の意味は不明瞭だ。
This is a proverb the meaning of which I do not understand. これが私がその意味が分からないことわざです。
This is a proverb the meaning of which I don't know. これは私には意味がわからないことわざです。
And though I modified this extravagance later by including the beautiful life among the works of art that alone gave a meaning to life, it was still beauty that I valued. そして、唯一、人生に意味を与えてくれるような芸術作品の中に美しい人生というものも含めて考えることによって、私は後にこの途方もない考えを修正したのだが、それども私が尊重していたのはやはり美であった。
There's a subtle difference in meaning between the two words. その二つの語の間には微妙な意味の違いがある。
I can't seize the meaning. その意味がわかりません。
The basic meaning of it remains the same. その基本的な意味は変わらない。
The word has a delicate shade of difference in meaning. その言葉には微妙なニュアンスがある。
The meaning of the words is intelligible. その言葉の意味は理解しやすい。
The word has several meanings. その語にはいくつかの意味がある。
Find out the meaning of the word for yourself. その語の意味は自分で辞書で見つけなさい。
What is the precise meaning of the word? その語の正確な意味は何ですか。
The word has acquired broad meaning. その語は広い意味を持つに至った。
Few people know the true meaning. その真意を知っている人はほとんどいない。
The teacher found it difficult to get his meaning across to the students. その先生は自分の考えを学生達に理解させるのは困難だとわかった。
If you are not sure about the meaning of the word, look it up in your dictionary. その単語の意味がはっきりしなければ、辞書で調べてごらん。
If you don't know the meaning of the word, you have to look it up in the dictionary. その単語の意味がわからないのならば、それを辞書で調べなければいけない。
The sight of the ruins brought home to him the meaning of war. その廃虚の光景は彼に戦争の意味を痛感させた。
The figurative meaning is no longer in current use. その比喩的意味はもはや使われていない。
The meaning of this sentence is obscure. その文の意味は不明瞭だ。
I can't get at the exact meaning of the sentence. その文の正確な意味が分からない。
I found a new meaning whenever I read the book. その本を読む度に新しい意味を発見する。
Is there an existing meaning if the person in charge does not take the responsibility to begin with? そもそも責任者が責任をとらないなら、存在する意味がないではないか。
I finally penetrated the meaning of the riddle. ついにそのなぞの意味が解けた。
The meaning dawned upon me at last. やっとその意味が分かった。
I don't know the meaning of hatred. オレには意味がわからない。
Irene Pepperberg, a researcher at Northwestern University, is discovering that a parrot can not only mimic people but also learn the meaning of words. ノースウエスタン大学の研究者、アイリーン・ペパーバーグは、オウムは人の口まねをするだけでなく言葉の意味を学ぶことができることを発見しつつある。
Pepperberg hoped that a similar system would help Alex grasp the meaning of words, not just their sounds. ペパーバーグは同じような方法を用いることによって、アレックスが、単に言葉の音だけでなく、意味も把握するのに役立つと期待した。
I didn't catch on to the meaning. 意味がわからなかった。
If you come across a word whose meaning you don't know, look it up in your dictionary. 意味のわからない単語が出てきたら、辞書で調べなさい。
Everything that has meaning can be called language. 意味を持っている物は全て、言語と呼ぶ。
It is difficult to convey the meaning exactly. 意味を正確に伝えることは難しい。
We fail to grasp the meaning of the word. 我々はその言葉の意味を理解できない。
We fail to grasp the meaning of the word. 我々はその言葉の意味を理解できないでいる。
Your meaning is beyond me. [M] 君が言わんとする事は僕には理解できない。
Can you get at the meaning of this passage? 君はこの一説の意味が理解できますか。
Can you make out the meaning easily? 君はその意味が容易に理解できますか。
You had better consult a dictionary when you don't know the meaning of a word. 言葉の意味がわからない時は辞書を引いた方がよい。
The meaning of words can change according to their context. 言葉の意味は文脈によって変わりうる。
Please show me the meaning of word. 言葉の意味を教えてください。
The sight of the ruins brought home to him the meaning of war. 荒廃のあとを見ると戦争の意味が彼にはしみじみと感じられた。
The sight of the ruins brought home to him the meaning of war. 荒廃の跡を見て、彼は戦争の意味を十分に理解した。
I can't remember the meaning of the word that I looked up yesterday. 昨日調べた単語の意味が思い出せない。
There are many words whose meanings I don't know. 私が意味を知らない言葉がたくさんあります。
We could not get at his meaning. 私たちは彼の言おうとする意味をつかむことができなかった。
I cannot make out the meaning of this sentence. 私にはこの文の意味が分からない。
The meaning is still obscure to me. 私にはその意味がいまだに曖昧だ。
The meaning is unknown to me. 私にはその意味がわからない。
I didn't understand the meaning of the last line but one. 私には下から2行目の意味がわからなかった。
I find it difficult to express my meaning in words. 私の言わんとすることを言葉で表すのは困難です。
I can't understand the meaning of this word. 私はこの単語の意味がわからない。
I can't make out the meaning of this sentence. 私はこの文の意味が理解できない。
I often meditate on the meaning of life. 私はしばしば人生の意義について深く考えることがある。
I cannot make anything of the poem's meaning. 私はその詩の意味が全く分からない。
I searched for the meaning of this word in the dictionary. 私は辞書でこの単語の意味を捜した。
I want to better understand what the meaning of life is. 私は人生の意味とは何かをもっとよく理解したい。
I mused on the meaning of his painting. 私は彼の絵の意味をじっと考えた。
Examinations interfere with the real meaning of education. 試験は教育の本当の意味を妨げる。
Around his facts the scientist weaves a logical pattern or theory which gives the facts meaning, order, and significance. 自分が集めた事実をもとにして、科学者は、その事実に意味と秩序と勝ちを与える論理の模様すなわち理論を織りあげるのである。
Don't use any words whose meanings you don't know well. 自分で意味がわからない言葉はつかってはいけない。
We use a dictionary to look up the meaning of words. 辞書はことばの意味を調べるのに使う。
I want the meaning of my life. 生きる意味を。
Life has no meaning except in terms of responsibility. 責任ということを除外しては人生に何の意味もない。
The teacher explained to us the meaning of the poem. 先生はその詩の意味を説明してくださった。
The teacher explained the meaning of the word to us. 先生はその単語の意味を私たちに説明した。
No two words are identical in meaning. 全く意味の等しい言葉はない。
If you don't know the meaning of a word, look it up in a dictionary. 単語の意味がわからなければ、辞書で調べなさい。
If you don't know the meaning of a word, look it up in a dictionary. 単語の意味が分からなければ、辞書を引きなさい。
The meaning of a word is determined by the context where it is used. 単語の意味はそれが使われている文脈で決まる。
I grasped the whole meaning of the book by reading. 読んでみて、私はその本の全体の意味を、つかんだ。
I grasped the whole meaning of the book by reading. 読んでみて私はその本の全体の意味を掴んだ。
I grasped the whole meaning of the book by reading. 読んで見てわたしはその本の全体の意味をつかんだ。
Old words often take on new meanings because of inventions and technology. 発明や科学技術のために古い語が新しい意味をとるようになる場合が多い。
Gradually the true meaning of what he said began to dawn on me. 彼が言ったことの真意が徐々にわかり始めた。
Your meaning is beyond me. [M] 彼が言わんとすることは僕には理解できない。
His meaning is quite plain. 彼の言おうとしていることは全くわかりやすい。
Gradually the true meaning of what he said began to down on me. 彼の言ったことの真意が徐々にわたしにわかり始めた。
There seems to be some dark meaning in his words. 彼の言葉にはどこかなぞめいた意味があるようだ。
He explained the literal meaning of the phrase. 彼はその句の文字どうりの意味を説明した。
He got his meaning across to me. 彼は自分のゆうことを私に理解させた。
He grasped her meaning clearly. 彼は彼女のいう意味をはっきり理解した。
He explained the literal meaning of the sentences. 彼らはその文章の文字どうりの意味を説明した。
They discussed the subject of the offender of the meaning of life. 彼らは人生の意味という主題について討論した。
They declared that they meaning of the word. 彼らは無実だと断言した。
Her words were wholly void of meaning. 彼女の言葉はまったく無意味だった。
Her gestures convey no meaning to me. 彼女の身振りは私にはわからない。
She took what he said as meaning agreement. 彼女は彼の言葉を同意を意味していると受け取った。
Get the meaning of a word from its context. 文の前後関係から単語の意見を知る。
Get the meaning of a word from its context. 文の前後関係から単語の意味を知る。
{adj: agglutinative, polysynthetic} forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning
{adj: ambiguous} having more than one possible meaning "ambiguous words" "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy" <-> unambiguous
{adj: ambiguous} having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns "an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference" "ambiguous inkblots"
{adj: antonymous} of words: having opposite meanings <-> synonymous
{adj: apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakable} clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields" "evident hostility" "manifest disapproval" "patent advantages" "made his meaning plain" "it is plain that he is no reactionary" "in plain view"
{adj: black} of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin "a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr. <-> white
{adj: blurred, clouded} unclear in form or expression "the blurred aims of the group" "sometimes one understood clearly and sometimes the meaning was clouded"- H.G.Wells
{adj: cabalistic, kabbalistic, qabalistic, cryptic, cryptical, sibylline} having a secret or hidden meaning "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone" "cryptic writings" "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther
{adj: characterized, characterised} of the meaning of words or concepts; stated precisely
{adj: circumlocutious, circumlocutory, periphrastic, ambagious} roundabout and unnecessarily wordy "had a preference for circumlocutious (or circumlocutory) rather than forthright expression" "A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."-T.S.Eliot; (`ambagious' is archaic)
{adj: cold} extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion "a cold unfriendly nod" "a cold and unaffectionate person" "a cold impersonal manner" "cold logic" "the concert left me cold" <-> hot
{adj: confusing, perplexing, puzzling} lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity "sent confusing signals to Iraq" "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it" "a puzzling statement"
{adj: continual} `continual' (meaning seemingly uninterrupted) is often used interchangeably with `continuous' (meaning without interruption)
{adj: denotative, explicit} in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term
{adj: diametric, diametrical, opposite, polar} characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed "in diametric contradiction to his claims" "diametrical (or opposite) points of view" "opposite meanings" "extreme and indefensible polar positions"
{adj: discernible} capable of being perceived clearly "an essay with a meaning that was not always discernible"
{adj: distortable} capable of having the meaning altered or twisted "our words are distortable things--as in a crooked mirror held up to nature"
{adj: distorted, misrepresented, perverted, twisted} having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented "many of the facts seemed twisted out of any semblance to reality" "a perverted translation of the poem"
{adj: double, dual, twofold, two-fold, treble, threefold, three-fold} having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities "a double (or dual) role for an actor" "the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson "every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison
{adj: double, forked} having two meanings with intent to deceive "a sly double meaning" "spoke with forked tongue"
{adj: dry, ironic, ironical, wry} humorously sarcastic or mocking "dry humor" "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely" "an ironic novel" "an ironical smile" "with a wry Scottish wit"
{adj: empyreal, empyrean, sublime} inspiring awe "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin "empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso "the sublime beauty of the night"
{adj: enigmatic, enigmatical, puzzling} not clear to the understanding "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later" "prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"
{adj: fathomable} (of meaning) capable of being penetrated or comprehended
{adj: fewer} (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of "fewer birds came this year" "the birds are fewer this year" "fewer trains were late" <-> more
{adj: fewest} (superlative of `few' used with count nouns and usually preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the smallest in number "the fewest birds in recent memory" <-> most
{adj: figurative, nonliteral} (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech "figurative language" <-> literal
{adj: fine} minutely precise especially in differences in meaning "a fine distinction"
{adj: fraught, pregnant} filled with or attended with "words fraught with meaning" "an incident fraught with danger" "a silence pregnant with suspense"
{adj: high} (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high') "a high mountain" "high ceilings" "high buildings" "a high forehead" "a high incline" "a foot high" <-> low
{adj: hot} extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm "a hot temper" "a hot topic" "a hot new book" "a hot love affair" "a hot argument" <-> cold
{adj: implicit in, inherent, underlying} in the nature of something though not readily apparent "shortcomings inherent in our approach" "an underlying meaning"
{adj: incidental, nonessential} not of prime or central importance "nonessential to the integral meanings of poetry"- Pubs.MLA
{adj: indecipherable} impossible to determine the meaning of "an indecipherable message"
{adj: least} the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree "didn't care the least bit" "he has the least talent of anyone" <-> most
{adj: less} (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree "of less importance" "less time to spend with the family" "a shower uses less water" "less than three years old" <-> more
{adj: literal} limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text "a literal translation" <-> figurative
{adj: low} literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension "low ceilings" "low clouds" "low hills" "the sun is low" "low furniture" "a low bow" <-> high
{adj: meaning, pregnant, significant} rich in significance or implication "a meaning look" "pregnant with meaning"
{adj: meaningful} having a meaning or purpose "a meaningful explanation" "a meaningful discussion" "a meaningful pause" <-> meaningless
{adj: meaningless, nonmeaningful} having no meaning or direction or purpose "a meaningless endeavor" "a meaningless life" "a verbose but meaningless explanation" <-> meaningful
{adj: misguided, mistaken} wrong in e.g. opinion or judgment "well-meaning but misguided teachers" "a mistaken belief" "mistaken identity"
{adj: monosemous} having only one meaning
{adj: more, more than} (comparative of `much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree "more land" "more support" "more rain fell" "more than a gallon" <-> less
{adj: more} (comparative of `many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number "a hall with more seats" "we have no more bananas" "more than one" <-> fewer
{adj: most} (superlative of `many' used with count nouns and often preceded by `the') quantifier meaning the greatest in number "who has the most apples?" "most people like eggs" "most fishes have fins" <-> fewest
{adj: most} the superlative of `much' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning the greatest in amount or extent or degree "made the most money he could" "what attracts the most attention?" "made the most of a bad deal" <-> least
{adj: multivalent, multi-valued} having many values, meanings, or appeals "subtle, multivalent allegory"
{adj: nee} (meaning literally `born') used to indicate the maiden or family name of a married woman "Hillary Clinton nee Rodham"
{adj: noninterchangeable} such that the terms of an expression cannot be interchanged without changing the meaning "the arguments of the symmetric relation, `is the father of', are noninterchangeable"
{adj: nonsense, nonsensical} having no intelligible meaning "nonsense syllables" "a nonsensical jumble of words"
{adj: pithy, sententious} concise and full of meaning "welcomed her pithy comments" "the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams"- Hervey Allen
{adj: pointed} direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant "a pointed critique" "a pointed allusion to what was going on" "another pointed look in their direction"
{adj: polysemous, polysemantic} of words; having many meanings
{adj: purposeful} having meaning through having an aim "led a happy purposeful life"
{adj: restricted, qualified} restricted in meaning; (as e.g. `man' in `a tall man')
{adj: semantic} of or relating to meaning or the study of meaning "semantic analysis"
{adj: significant, important} important in effect or meaning "a significant change in tax laws" "a significant change in the Constitution" "a significant contribution" "significant details" "statistically significant" <-> insignificant
{adj: similar} (of words) expressing closely related meanings
{adj: synonymous} (of words) meaning the same or nearly the same <-> antonymous
{adj: tonic, tonal} employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words "Chinese is a tonal language"
{adj: transitive} designating a verb that requires a direct object to complete the meaning <-> intransitive
{adj: true} consistent with fact or reality; not false "the story is true" "it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true"- B. Russell "the true meaning of the statement" <-> false
{adj: unambiguous} having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning "As a horror, apartheid...is absolutely unambiguous"- Mario Vargas Llosa <-> ambiguous
{adj: understood} fully apprehended as to purport or meaning or explanation "the understood conditions of troop withdrawal were clear" <-> ununderstood
{adj: unequivocal, univocal, unambiguous} admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion "unequivocal evidence" "took an unequivocal position" "an unequivocal success" "an unequivocal promise" "an unequivocal (or univocal) statement" <-> equivocal
{adj: unrestricted} not restricted or modified in meaning "unrestricted verbs are usually stronger than those qualified by adverbs"
{adj: well-intentioned, well-meaning, well-meant} marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results "a well-intentioned but clumsy waiter" "a well-meaning but tactless fellow" "the son's well-meaning efforts threw a singular chill upon the father's admirers"- S.W.Maughm "blunt but well-meant criticism"
{adj: well-meaning, unthreatening} not unfriendly or threatening "her well-meaning words were received in silence" "the exasperation of a...well-meaning cow worried by dogs"
{adv: ahead} to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future) "moved the appointment ahead from Tuesday to Monday" "pushed the deadline ahead from Tuesday to Wednesday"
{adv: either} after a negative statement used as an intensive meaning something like `likewise' or `also' "he isn't stupid, but he isn't exactly a genius either" "I don't know either" "if you don't order dessert I won't either"
{adv: forsooth} an archaic word originally meaning `in truth' but now usually used to express disbelief
{adv: importantly, significantly} in an important way or to an important degree "more importantly, Weber held that the manifold meaning attached to the event by the social scientist could alter his definition of the concrete event itself"
{adv: recently, late, lately, of late, latterly} in the recent past "he was in Paris recently" "lately the rules have been enforced" "as late as yesterday she was fine" "feeling better of late" "the spelling was first affected, but latterly the meaning also"
{adv: semantically} with regard to meaning "semantically empty messages"
{adv: to that effect} with that general meaning "she said something to that effect"
{n: Agrostis, genus Agrostis} annual or perennial grasses cosmopolitan in northern hemisphere: bent grass (so named from `bent' meaning an area of unfenced grassland)
{n: Firth, J. R. Firth, John Rupert Firth} English linguist who contributed to linguistic semantics and to prosodic phonology and who was noted for his insistence on studying both sound and meaning in context (1890-1960)
{n: Jacob} (Old Testament) son of Isaac; brother of Esau; father of the twelve patriarchs of Israel; Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him, so God gave Jacob the new name of Israel (meaning `one who has been strong against God')
{n: Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne} a port city in northeastern England on the River Tyne; a center for coal exports (giving rise to the expression `carry coals to Newcastle' meaning to do something unnecessary)
{n: WordNet, Princeton WordNet} a machine-readable lexical database organized by meanings; developed at Princeton University
{n: adjunct} a construction that can be used to extend the meaning of a word or phrase but is not one of the main constituents of a sentence
{n: adversative conjunction} the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the opposition of their meanings
{n: agglutination} the building of words from component morphemes that retain their form and meaning in the process of combining
{n: alpha and omega} the basic meaning of something; the crucial part
{n: ambiguity, equivocalness} unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning <-> unambiguity, unequivocalness
{n: ambiguity} an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
{n: antonym, opposite word, opposite} a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other "to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'" <-> synonym
{n: antonymy} the semantic relation that holds between two words that can (in a given context) express opposite meanings
{n: appreciation, grasp, hold} understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
{n: auditory agnosia} inability to recognize or understand the meaning of spoken words
{n: blend, portmanteau word, portmanteau} a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings "`smog' is a blend of `smoke' and `fog'" "`motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'" "`brunch' is a well-known portmanteau"
{n: cognitive semantics, conceptual semantics, semasiology} the branch of semantics that studies the cognitive aspects of meaning
{n: comprehension} an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result) "how you can do that is beyond my comprehension" "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature" <-> incomprehension
{n: construal} an interpretation of the meaning of something; the act of construing
{n: content word, open-class word} a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned
{n: copulative conjunction} the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the addition of their meanings
{n: data mining} data processing using sophisticated data search capabilities and statistical algorithms to discover patterns and correlations in large preexisting databases; a way to discover new meaning in data
{n: dead metaphor, frozen metaphor} a metaphor that has occurred so often that it has become a new meaning of the expression (e.g., `he is a snake' may once have been a metaphor but after years of use it has died and become a new sense of the word `snake')
{n: deconstruction, deconstructionism} a philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning
{n: definition} a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
{n: disambiguator} (computer science) a natural language processing application that tries to determine the intended meaning of a word or phrase by examining the linguistic context in which it is used
{n: disjunctive conjunction} the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the disjunction of their meanings
{n: dramatic irony} (theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
{n: drift, purport} the pervading meaning or tenor "caught the general drift of the conversation"
{n: effect, essence, burden, core, gist} the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
{n: expletive} a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line
{n: explication de texte} a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaning
{n: explication} a detailed explanation of the meaning of something
{n: explication} the act of making clear or removing obscurity from the meaning of a word or symbol or expression etc.
{n: exposition} an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse "we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background"
{n: formal semantics} the branch of semantics that studies the logical aspects of meaning
{n: formalism} (philosophy) the philosophical theory that formal (logical or mathematical) statements have no meaning but that its symbols (regarded as physical entities) exhibit a form that has useful applications
{n: frame of reference} a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
{n: function word, closed-class word} a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
{n: futurism} the position that the meaning of life should be sought in the future
{n: glimpse} a vague indication "he caught only a glimpse of the professor's meaning"
{n: grammatical meaning} the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
{n: higher criticism} the scientific study of biblical writings to determine their origin and meaning
{n: homograph} two words are homographs if they are spelled the same way but differ in meaning (e.g. fair)
{n: homonymy} the relation between two words that are spelled the same way but differ in meaning or the relation between two words that are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning
{n: homonym} two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
{n: homophone} two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both (e.g. bare and bear)
{n: iconology} the branch of art history that studies visual images and their symbolic meaning (especially in social or political terms)
{n: idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase} an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
{n: inanity, senselessness, mindlessness, vacuity, pointlessness} total lack of meaning or ideas
{n: intensifier, intensive} a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier" "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"
{n: intent, purport, spirit} the intended meaning of a communication
{n: interpretation, interpreting, rendition, rendering} an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious "the edict was subject to many interpretations" "he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables" "often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"
{n: interpretation, reading, version} a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
{n: joker} an inconspicuous clause in a document or bill that affects its meaning in a way that is not immediately apparent "when I demanded my money he showed me the joker in the contract"
{n: latent content} (psychoanalysis) hidden meaning of a fantasy or dream
{n: level, layer, stratum} an abstract place usually conceived as having depth "a good actor communicates on several levels" "a simile has at least two layers of meaning" "the mind functions on many strata simultaneously"
{n: lexical meaning} the meaning of a word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
{n: lexical semantics} the branch of semantics that studies the meanings and relations of words
{n: lexis} all of the words in a language; all word forms having meaning or grammatical function
{n: logomachy} argument about words or the meaning of words
{n: meaning, significance, signification, import} 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"
{n: meaning, substance} the idea that is intended "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
{n: melioration} the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning
{n: millennium} (New Testament) in Revelations it is foretold that those faithful to Jesus will reign with Jesus over the earth for a thousand years; the meaning of these words have been much debated; some denominations (e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses) expect it to be a thousand years of justice and peace and happiness
{n: misinterpretation, misunderstanding, mistaking} putting the wrong interpretation on "his misinterpretation of the question caused his error" "there was no mistaking her meaning"
{n: modification, qualifying, limiting} the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase
{n: modifier, qualifier} a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
{n: monosemy} having a single meaning (absence of ambiguity) usually of individual words or phrases <-> polysemy
{n: mystique} an aura of heightened value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing
{n: nonce word, hapax legomenon} a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion
{n: nonrestrictive clause, descriptive clause} a subordinate clause that does not limit or restrict the meaning of the noun phrase it modifies
{n: nonsense, bunk, nonsensicality, meaninglessness, hokum} a message that seems to convey no meaning
{n: nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinement} a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor" "don't argue about shades of meaning"
{n: opacity, opaqueness} incomprehensibility resulting from obscurity of meaning
{n: operationalism} (philosophy) the doctrine that the meaning of a proposition consists of the operations involved in proving or applying it
{n: overtone} (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality "overtones of despair"
{n: paralanguage, paralinguistic communication} the use of manner of speaking to communicate particular meanings
{n: pertainym} meaning relating to or pertaining to
{n: ploce} (rhetoric) repetition to gain special emphasis or extend meaning
{n: point} a brief version of the essential meaning of something "get to the point" "he missed the point of the joke" "life has lost its point"
{n: polysemant, polysemantic word, polysemous word} a word having more than one meaning
{n: polysemy, lexical ambiguity} the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings <-> monosemy
{n: pragmatism} (philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value
{n: punctuation, punctuation mark} the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
{n: punctuation} the use of certain marks to clarify meaning of written material by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases
{n: radical} a character conveying the lexical meaning of a logogram
{n: reference, denotation, extension} the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to "the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"
{n: reinterpretation} a new or different meaning
{n: religious ceremony, religious ritual} a ceremony having religious meaning
{n: restrictive clause} a subordinate clause that limits or restricts the meaning of the noun phrase it modifies
{n: restrictiveness} a grammatical qualification that makes the meaning more specific (`red hat' has a more specific meaning than `hat')
{n: semantic memory} your memory for meanings and general (impersonal) facts
{n: semantic relation} a relation between meanings
{n: semanticist, semiotician} a specialist in the study of meaning
{n: semantics} the study of language meaning
{n: sense tagger} a tagging program whose labels indicate the meanings of words or expressions
{n: sense, signified} the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted "the dictionary gave several senses for the word" "in the best sense charity is really a duty" "the signifier is linked to the signified"
{n: significance, import, implication} a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred "the significance of his remark became clear only later" "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication"
{n: situation, state of affairs} the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time "the present international situation is dangerous" "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about" "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
{n: sursum corda} (Roman Catholic Church) a Latin versicle meaning `lift up your hearts'
{n: symbolism, symbolization, symbolisation} the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
{n: symbolization, symbolisation} the use of symbols to convey meaning
{n: syndrome} a complex of concurrent things "every word has a syndrome of meanings"
{n: synonymy, synonymity, synonymousness} the semantic relation that holds between two words that can (in a given context) express the same meaning
{n: tenor, strain} the general meaning or substance of an utterance "although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"
{n: tone language, tonal language} a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings
{n: translation, interlingual rendition, rendering, version} a written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication in a first language
{n: undertone, undercurrent} a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
{n: vagueness} unclearness by virtue of being poorly expressed or not coherent in meaning "the Conservative manifesto is a model of vagueness" "these terms were used with a vagueness that suggested little or no thought about what each might convey"
{n: word meaning, word sense, acceptation} the accepted meaning of a word
{n: wordbook} a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings)
{n: wordmonger} a writer who uses language carelessly or pretentiously with little regard for meaning
{v: anagram, anagrammatize, anagrammatise} read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning
{v: analyze, analyse, study, examine, canvass, canvas} consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning "analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare" "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial" "analyze your real motives"
{v: answer, resolve} understand the meaning of "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
{v: appreciate, take account} be fully aware of ; realize fully "Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?"
{v: catch, get} grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of "did you catch that allusion?" "We caught something of his theory in the lecture" "don't catch your meaning" "did you get it?" "She didn't get the joke" "I just don't get him"
{v: chase away, drive out, turn back, drive away, dispel, drive off, run off} force to go away ; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings "Drive away potential burglars" "drive away bad thoughts" "dispel doubts" "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
{v: come across, come over} communicate the intended meaning or impression "He came across very clearly"
{v: come} reach a state, relation, or condition "The water came to a boil" "We came to understand the true meaning of life" "Their anger came to a boil" "I came to realize the true meaning of life"
{v: define} give a definition for the meaning of a word "Define `sadness'"
{v: denote, refer} have as a meaning "`multi-' denotes `many' "
{v: educe, evoke, elicit, extract, draw out} deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning) "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"
{v: elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate} add details, as to an account or idea ; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" <-> contract
{v: follow} grasp the meaning "Can you follow her argument?" "When he lectures, I cannot follow"
{v: get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend} get the meaning of something "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
{v: interpret, construe, see} make sense of ; assign a meaning to "What message do you see in this letter?" "How do you interpret his behavior?"
{v: moralize, moralise} interpret the moral meaning of "moralize a story"
{v: reduplicate, geminate} form by reduplication "The consonant reduplicates after a short vowel" "The morpheme can be reduplicated to emphasize the meaning of the word"
{v: reinterpret} assign a new or different meaning to
{v: sense} comprehend "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
{v: signify} convey or express a meaning "These words mean nothing to me!" "What does his strange behavior signify?"
{v: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work} find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of "did you solve the problem?" "Work out your problems with the boss" "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out" "did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"
{v: spiritualize, spiritualise} give a spiritual meaning to ; read in a spiritual sense <-> literalize
{v: stretch} extend the scope or meaning of ; often unduly "Stretch the limits" "stretch my patience" "stretch the imagination"
{v: take, read} interpret something in a certain way ; convey a particular meaning or impression "I read this address as a satire" "How should I take this message?" "You can't take credit for this!"
{v: touch} comprehend "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
{v: twist, twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticate} practice sophistry ; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
{v: understand} know and comprehend the nature or meaning of "She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"
{v: wrest} obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically "wrest the knife from his hands" "wrest a meaning from the old text" "wrest power from the old government"


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