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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (II) Communication of Ideas
Section I. Nature of Ideas Communicated

516. [Idea to be Conveyed.] Meaning. [Thing Signified.]

   NOUN:MEANING; signification, significance; sense, expression; import, purport; implication, connotation, essence, force; drift, tenor, spirit, bearing, coloring; scope.
  allusion (latency) [See Latency]; suggestion (information) [See Information]; interpretation, acceptation [See Interpretation]; acceptance [rare].
  general -, broad -, substantial -, colloquial -, literal -, primary -, accepted -, essential -, plain -, simple -, natural -, unstrained -, true (exact) [See Truth] -, honest [See Veracity] -, primâ facie [L.] (manifest) [See Manifestation]- meaning.
  LITERALITY; literal -, obvious -, real- -meaning, – sense, – interpretation.
  EQUIVALENT MEANING; interchangeable word, figure of speech [See Metaphor]; equivalent, synonym [See Interpretation].
  THING SIGNIFIED, matter, subject, subject matter, substance, sum and substance; gist [See Intrinsicality]; argument, text.
   VERB:MEAN, signify, connote, denote, express; import, purport; convey, imply, breathe, indicate, bespeak, bear a meaning, bear a sense; tell of, speak of; touch on; point to, allude to; drive at; involve (latency) [See Latency]; declare (affirm) [See Affirmation].
  understand by (interpret) [See Interpretation].
  SYNONYMIZE, express by a synonym; paraphrase, state differently.
   ADJECTIVE:MEANING &c. v.; expressive, suggestive, allusive; significant, significative, significatory; pithy; meaningful; full of -, pregnant with- meaning; explicit [See Manifestation].
  declaratory [See Affirmation]; intelligible [See Intelligibility].
  LITERAL, metaphrastic or metaphrastical, word-for-word, verbatim; exact, real.
  SYNONYMOUS; tantamount (equivalent) [See Equality].
  IMPLIED (latent) [See Latency]; understood, tacit.
   ADVERB:TO THAT EFFECT; that is to say (being interpreted) [See Interpretation].
  VERBATIM, literally; evidently, apparently, from the context.