meaning

meaning
meaning n
1 (sense) (of word, phrase, remark) sens m, signification f ; (of symbol, gesture, name) signification f ; what is the meaning of this word? quel est le sens de ce mot? ; a word with two meanings un mot à double sens ; what is the meaning of this? qu'est-ce que cela signifie? ; poverty? he doesn't know the meaning of the word! la pauvreté? c'est un mot qui ne fait pas partie de son vocabulaire ;
2 (message) (of film, dream) signification f ;
3 (purpose) sens m ; my life/work no longer has any meaning ma vie/mon travail n'a plus aucun sens ; to give new meaning to donner un sens nouveau à [life, work] ;
4 (eloquence) a look/gesture full of meaning un regard/geste lourd de sens ;
5 (drift) yes, I get your meaning oui, je vois ce que tu veux dire ; he likes a little drink, if you get my meaning il aime bien boire un petit verre, si tu vois ce que je veux dire ;
6 Jur termes mpl ; within the meaning of the act selon les termes de la loi.

Big English-French dictionary. 2003.

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