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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 : vicious
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]
3mean/ˈmiːn/adjective
3mean
/ˈmiːn/
adjective
Learner's definition of MEAN  
always used before a noun
: occurring exactly between the highest and lowest number : average
— compare 2mean
4mean/ˈmiːn/noun
pluralmeans
4mean
/ˈmiːn/
noun
pluralmeans
Learner's definition of MEAN  
[count]
: 1average 1
: a middle point between two things
— see also means
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