Definition of meaningfully in English:

meaningfully

Translate meaningfully into Spanish

adverb

  • 1In a way that has meaning.

    ‘the parts, however entertaining individually, must cohere meaningfully’
    • ‘It makes it impossible to explain meaningfully what is consumed and why.’
    • ‘The doors loom ominously at the back of the stage and open or shut meaningfully, or meaninglessly, dependent on your view.’
    • ‘It becomes progressively more difficult to apply the term meaningfully to work later than the Napoleonic period.’
    • ‘He enjoyed adorning his Latin poems with words and phrases that are sometimes ornamental in function, sometimes more meaningfully allusive.’
    • ‘A youth is asked to speak meaningfully about something that was important to the generation before his but not to his own.’
    • ‘The real issue is not whether such a process takes place, but how comprehensively and meaningfully it does so.’
    • ‘What we might want to call "intellectual" work cannot rightly be distinguished, or at least meaningfully described as distinct, from sociocultural interaction.’
    • ‘We can use the word "tree" meaningfully, and with full understanding, without a little image of a tree forming in our mind.’
    • ‘At least for a subset of children with ADHD, medication attributions may be meaningfully related to functioning in important domains.’
    • ‘One could truthfully and meaningfully use the hackneyed phrase, "A great evening was had by all."’
    1. 1.1In a serious, important, or worthwhile manner.
      ‘even isolated communities can contribute meaningfully to national development’
      • ‘the right to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect one's life’
      • ‘In my opinion, they, like recent historical events, are too new to be meaningfully evaluated.’
      • ‘Something more than detached observation is needed to create "stories" in which people engage meaningfully with one another.’
      • ‘The logic of specialization in the knowledge necessary to participate meaningfully in such speculative poetics harbors within it a repressed identity.’
      • ‘Identify how you can become a useful resource to the company and contribute meaningfully to its continued success.’
      • ‘Issues such as domestic abuse and addiction are used more meaningfully than as convenient plot devices.’
      • ‘This increasingly challenged the ability of individual producers to stay informed and meaningfully involved with issues directly impacting their livelihood.’
      • ‘It is far too early to speculate meaningfully on what the implications of this may end up being.’
      • ‘He comes alive and is able to relate meaningfully to others outside the town, in the surroundings of the moors and the sky.’
      • ‘If properly recognized, there are local resources and skills that can be meaningfully harnessed.’
      • ‘Is it possible to connect meaningfully to anyone?’
    2. 1.2In a way that communicates something without directly expressing it.
      ‘when he reports to work, his supervisor stares meaningfully at the clock’
      • ‘I've had so many creepy experiences with dudes just hanging out, staring at you meaningfully and trying to start schmoozy conversations.’
      • ‘He wears leather pants and a trench coat and glowers meaningfully!’
      • ‘They pass and re-pass one another, never touching, and they stand meaningfully on rainy street corners.’
      • ‘The stack of unfinished books and yet-to-be-started borrowed books and newly purchased books beside my bed clears its throat meaningfully.’
      • ‘A seasonal greeting, or the merest mention of the C-word, is enough to get the landlord shaking the swear-box meaningfully.’
      • ‘"I don't think I've ever been so thrilled to work with anyone, but we've had to go through some"—she hesitates meaningfully—"times."’
      • ‘The walls glowed red with importance, and small white dots marched meaningfully across the map to show him that all was well within the DataCorp Mainframe.’
      • ‘The tattooist was halfway through the job when another customer tapped him gently on the shoulder and nodded meaningfully at his handiwork.’
      • ‘He glanced meaningfully at her.’
      • ‘The networks have taken it in turns to point meaningfully at the house, explaining to the camera who was shot and why the police commissioner is in so much trouble.’

Pronunciation

meaningfully

/ˈmēniNGf(ə)lē/ /ˈminɪŋf(ə)li/