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1mean/ˈmiːn/verb
meansmeant/ˈmɛnt/meaning
1mean
/ˈmiːn/
verb
meansmeant/ˈmɛnt/meaning
Learner's definition of MEAN  
not used in progressive tenses[+ object] : to have (a particular meaning)
not used in progressive tenses[+ object] : to want or intend to express (a particular idea or meaning)
[+ object] : to have (something) in your mind as a purpose or goal— often followed by to + verb
not used in progressive tenses 
: to plan for or want (someone or something) to do or to be something
[+ object]
— often + as— often followed by to + verb
[no object]chiefly US
— + for
   b [+ object] : to want (something that you control, provide, or have made) to be used for a particular purpose or by a particular person— often + for— often followed by to + verb— sometimes + as
not used in progressive tenses[+ object] : to make a statement to or about (someone)
not used in progressive tenses [+ object] 
: to indicate or show (something that is going to happen)
   b : to cause or result in (something)
   c : to involve or require (something) as a necessary part
not used in progressive tenses[+ object] — used to say or ask how important something is to someone— usually + to

I mean

informal
— used to emphasize a statement
— used to correct a previous statement
— used when you are unsure of what to say or how to say it

know what it means

: to understand what it is like to do or be something— usually used in negative statements— sometimes used in an exaggerated way to make a forceful statement

mean business

— see business

meant for (someone)

informal
: perfectly suited for (someone)
— see also 1mean 4b (above)

meant to be/do something

: intended to do or be something
British : supposed to be or do something

mean well

: to want to do good or helpful things: to have good intentions
— see also well-meaning
2mean/ˈmiːn/adjective
meanermeanest
2mean
/ˈmiːn/
adjective
meanermeanest
Learner's definition of MEAN  
[also more mean; most mean]
somewhat informal 
: not kind to people: cruel or harsh
   b chiefly US : very dangerous
chiefly British : not liking to spend money
old-fashioned + literary : of poor quality or status
chiefly US, informal : excellent or impressive

no mean

informal
— used to say that something is good or impressive
— compare 3mean

— meanly

/ˈmiːnli/adverb

— meanness

/ˈmiːnnəs/noun,[noncount]
3mean/ˈmiːn/adjective
3mean
/ˈmiːn/
adjective
Learner's definition of MEAN  
always used before a noun
: occurring exactly between the highest and lowest number
— compare 2mean
4mean/ˈmiːn/noun
pluralmeans
4mean
/ˈmiːn/
noun
pluralmeans
Learner's definition of MEAN  
[count]
: a middle point between two things
— see also means
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