1) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as meaningful, you mean that it is serious, important, or useful in some way.

She believes these talks will be the start of a constructive and meaningful dialogue...

He asked people to tell him about a meaningful event or period in their lives.

Derived words:
meaningfully ADV-GRADED ADV with v

This in effect denied them their right to participate meaningfully in elections.

2) ADJ: ADJ n A meaningful look or gesture is one that is intended to express something, usually to a particular person, without anything being said.

Upon the utterance of this word, Dan and Harry exchanged a quick, meaningful look.

Derived words:
meaningfully ADV-GRADED usu ADV after v, also ADV -ed

He glanced meaningfully at the other policeman, then he went up the stairs...

`Who's your publisher?' - `Lockett Press,' she said, and she raised an eyebrow meaningfully.

3) See also meaningfully

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