I. NATURE OF IDEAS COMMUNICATED
[Idea to be conveyed.] Meaning. [Thing signified.]
gist, essence, spirit [more].
matter; subject, subject matter; argument, text, sum and substance.
general meaning, broad meaning, substantial meaning, colloquial meaning, literal meaning, plain meaning, simple meaning, natural meaning, unstrained meaning, true meaning (exact) [more], honest meaning [more], prima facie meaning (manifest) [more].
literally; after acceptation.
[Verbs] mean, signify, express; import, purport; convey, imply, breathe, indicate, bespeak, bear a sense; tell of, speak of; touch on; point to, allude to; drive at; involve (latency) [more]; declare (affirm) [more].
understand by (interpret) [more].
[Adverbs] to that effect; that is to say (being interpreted) [more].