Something that one wishes to convey, especially by language: The writer's meaning was obscured by his convoluted prose. Something that is conveyed or signified; sense or significance. An interpreted goal, intent, or end: "The central meaning of his pontificate is to restore papal authority\u201d ( Conor Cruise O'Brien). Inner significance: "But who can comprehend the meaning of the voice of the city?\u201d ( O. Henry). Full of meaning; expressive. Disposed or intended in a specified manner. Often used in combination: a well-meaning fellow; ill-meaning intentions.