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take on a new significance

 and take on a new meaning
[for an event] to acquire a new interpretation; [for something] to become more meaningful or more significant. All these monuments take on a new meaning when you realize the amount of human artistry and skill it took to design and build them.
See also: new, on, significance, take

not know the meaning of the word

if you are talking about a quality or an activity and you say that someone does not know the meaning of the word, you mean they do not have that quality or they have no experience of that activity Work? He doesn't know the meaning of the word! And the irony of Phil talking about ethics. He doesn't know the meaning of the word.
See also: know, meaning, of, word
References in classic literature ?
But mainly, think of the exasperation of never knowing which of these meanings the speaker is trying to convey.
That shows that the SOUND of the words is correct--it interprets the meanings with truth and with exactness; and so the ear is informed, and through the ear, the heart.
Yes, yes, yes," signed the paralytic, casting on Valentine a look of joyful gratitude for having guessed his meaning.
Excuse me, sir," replied the notary; "on the contrary, the meaning of M.
The same pronunciation in Hebrew, usually Romanized as torah, has the basic meaning of "Law", and is often used to mean the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible (often referred to as "The Five Books of Moses").
Spinks seeks to advance conversations in the field of the theological interpretation of Scripture (TIS) by offering a holistic notion of meaning and, in that light, by reconceiving the task of TIS.
Implicit theories, attributions and coping: a meaning system approach.
At first glance, the meaning of "homosexuals and sodomites" seems rather clear.
This is how they were meant to be read--and re-read--with thought and reflection that allow the poems to challenge the reader's perception of the worldly and the divine, with a sudden gestalt of insight, with depth of feeling, and with appreciation for the many layers of meaning contained in each phrase.
In light of the fact that teaching something definitive on the overall meaning of human life is a monumental faux pas within the public school system, the problem is genuine; for one cannot so much as put up a small Christmas tree in a classroom without someone coming down hard and forbidding it.
Open Court's titles specialize in and emphasize philosophy and Movies And The Meaning Of Life: Philosophers Take On Hollywood keeps with the strong intent of linking philosophical concepts to everyday popular culture.
I consider myself as tolerant, even as liberal, as the next person when it comes to accepting a new idiom entering the language--idiom being, in one dictionary definition, "an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements.
In sorting out our life we talk not only with friends, but maybe with a counselor, a psychiatrist, or a spiritual director because we need their help to find the meaning of our experiences.
Fuzzy creatures--no, not the cuddly ones on your bed--can have some pretty deep meaning in Dreamland.