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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (word)significato nm
 What is the meaning of 'lean'?
 Qual è il significato di "snello"?
meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (significance)significato nm
  senso nm
 He thought hard, trying to find the meaning of the puzzle clue.
 Pensò intensamente, cercando di trovare il significato di quell'indizio.
meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (intent)senso nm
 I don't understand the meaning of his changed behaviour.
 Non capisco il senso del cambiamento nel suo comportamento.
 
Additional Translations
meaning adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (intentioned)intenzione nf
 She is well-meaning, but can be a bit annoying.
 Ha buone intenzioni ma può diventare irritante.
meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (importance)significato nm
 Events in Africa often have no meaning for people in India. It doesn't affect their lives at all.
 Gli avvenimenti dell'Africa spesso non hanno significato per la gente in India. Non toccano le loro vite in alcun modo.
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
accepted meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (common definition or use)comune accezione nf
  significato accettato nm
best-meaning più gentile adj
deeper meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (subtext, greater significance)significato profondo nm
double meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (ambiguity)doppio senso nm
 The sentence "Our eyes crossed when we met" contains a double meaning.
full of meaning adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (deeply symbolic or significant)ricco di significati agg
 That song is full of meaning to me.
 Questa canzone è ricca di significati per me.
  molto significativo agg
 Questo libro è stato molto significativo per la mia adolescenza.
give meaning to [sth] v (make [sth] significant)dare un significato a vtr
grasp the meaning afferrare il senso; il significato
grasp the meaning of afferrare il significato di, intuire il significato di
hidden meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (subtext)significato nascosto nm
levels of meaning livelli di significato
literal meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (strict, not figurative sense)significato letterale nm
 When people say they are dying to see you, they don't expect you to take the literal meaning.
 Quando qualcuno ti dice che muore dalla voglia di vederti, non devi considerare il significato letterale!
new meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (enhanced or additional significance)nuovo significato nm
 The spoiled kid gave new meaning to the word "brat.".
 Vi sono parole che talvolta assumono un nuovo significato.
real meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (true significance)vero significato nm
 The real meaning of the word decimate it to kill one man in ten.
 Il vero significato di quelle parole era ben altro.
real meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (deep significance)vero significato nm
 Love is the real meaning of life.
right meaning significato corretto
strict meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (literal or original sense)senso stretto nm
symbolic meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (what [sth] represents)significato simbolico nmm
 Flowers often have a symbolic meaning; a red rose represents love, for example.
 Spesso i fiori hanno un significato simbolico; una rosa rossa, ad esempio, rappresenta l'amore.
true meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (real significance)vero significato nm
 All of the holiday advertising makes us forget the true meaning of Christmas.
 Tutti i lustrini del natale ci fanno dimenticare il suo vero significato.
true-meaning vero significato
underlying meaning nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (implicit significance, subtext)significato sottinteso nm
 I had a hard time trying to determine the poem's underlying meaning.
 Ho difficoltà a capire i significati sottintesi di alcune poesie.
well-meaning bene intenzionato adj
well-meaning ben intenzionato
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