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1 mean /ˈmiːn/ verb
means; meant /ˈmɛnt/ ; meaning
1 mean
/ˈmiːn/
verb
means; meant /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
[+ 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)
: to cause or result in (something)
: 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
2 mean /ˈmiːn/ adjective
meaner; meanest
2 mean
/ˈmiːn/
adjective
meaner; meanest
Learner's definition of MEAN
[also more mean; most mean]
somewhat informal
: not kind to people : cruel or harsh
chiefly British : not liking to spend money : stingy, cheap
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]
3 mean /ˈmiːn/ adjective
3 mean
/ˈmiːn/
adjective
Learner's definition of MEAN
always used before a noun
: occurring exactly between the highest and lowest number : average
compare 2mean
4 mean /ˈmiːn/ noun
plural means
4 mean
/ˈmiːn/
noun
plural means
Learner's definition of MEAN
[count]
: 1average 1
: a middle point between two things
see also means
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