m rarely neuter
aim, purpose, goal; advantage, profit, benefit.
use, need, want (+ instr.).
- affair, concern, business; problem; thing, matter; (with verbs of saying, asking, etc. often simply) this, that.
- practical affairs, policy;
- a legal case.
meaning, sense; very often in commentaries at end of explained (esp. paraphrased) passages as ti attho: this is the meaning; in association with dhamma, attha expresses the goal as opposed to the doctrine; practical affairs as opposed to spiritual matters; the practical application and result as opposed to the theory; the interpretation as opposed to the text.
- sets (of the sun or moon)
- goes out, disappears, is extinguished.