What Does META Mean in a Text?

The word META means "Beyond," "Transcending," or "About." In gaming it is an abbreviation that means "Most Effective Tactics Available."

Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.

Beyond, Transcending, or About

The word META is a prefix of Greek origin with a large number of meanings, including "after," "beyond," "transcending," and "about" (as in "pertaining to").

When combined with words in English, META often signifies change or alteration (as in "metamorphic" and "metabolic"), or indicates a focus on a specific subject (as in metadata (data about data) and metajoke (a joke about a joke)). For example:
  • Toni: How many members of a certain demographic group does it take to perform a specified task?
  • Jo: I don't know, but I'm sure you're about to tell me.
  • Toni: A finite number: one to perform the task and the remainder to act in a manner stereotypical of the group in question.
  • Jo: Very META!
The word META hit the headlines in October 2021, when Facebook announced that it was planning to change its parent company name to META and hire 10,000 people in the European Union to develop the metaverse.

Most Effective Tactics Available

In gaming, META means using knowledge about the game itself to master the game (i.e., metagaming). It has been defined as using the "Most Effective Tactics Available" to win a game or progress to the next level.

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meaning of META

"Beyond, Transcending, or About"

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition of META

"Beyond, Transcending, or About" is the most common definition for META on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Beyond, Transcending, or About
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

In gaming, META means "Most Effective Tactics Available."
Definition:Most Effective Tactics Available
Type:Abbreviation and Acronym
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Example of META Used in a Text

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