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From meaning +‎ -ful.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmiː.nɪŋ.fʊl/, [ˈmiː.nɪŋ.fl̩]
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  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈmi.nɪŋ.fəl/, [ˈmi.nɪŋ.fl̩]
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈmiː.nɪŋ.fʊl/, [ˈmɪi.nɪŋ.fl̩]


meaningful (comparative more meaningful, superlative most meaningful)

  1. Having meaning, significant.
    I think we made a meaningful contribution to this project today.
    • 1948, Ray Bradbury, Tomorrow's Child:
      "This baby is the one that counts. I dare say Polly here wouldn't want any other, would you, Polly?"
      "This baby, this baby," said Polly.
      Wolcott gave Peter Horn a meaningful look. Horn interpreted it correctly. This baby or no more Polly ever again. This baby or Polly would be in a quiet room somewhere staring into space for the rest of her life.
    • 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      But the Danes remained resolute in defence - largely thanks to a spirited display by captain Daniel Agger - and they went ahead with their first meaningful attack.
    • 2023 August 23, Mel Holley, “Network News: ... while Chiltern Railways targets low-emissions stock”, in RAil, number 990, page 7:
      In setting out a broad-brush approach, the Arriva-owned operator doesn't make any specific requirements, but it says the replacement trains "must achieve a meaningful reduction in the exhaust emissions and exterior noise levels compared to Chiltern's existing DMUs".


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