Adjective "Mean" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Intend to convey or refer to (a particular thing); signify.
  1. 'he was asked to clarify what his remarks meant'
  2. 'Oh yes, she meant the children she supposedly tutored in the day.'
  3. 'Ziana began to understand what her grandfather had meant by those words.'
  4. 'And I understand perfectly what you mean about the characters being revolting.'
  5. 'The men had meant her clothing when they referred her to a boy.'
  6. 'The question is whether that means it intends to triple its workforce.'
  7. 'They took his remark as a joke although he had meant it as a spurn to their stupidity.'
  8. 'I'm not sure what Beckett meant by referring to our ‘showing off’, but let me now do so!'
  9. '‘You're absolutely right ’, Devlin interrupted, genuinely getting what she meant.'
  10. 'It was a slow kiss, intended to mean a promise of a future together.'
  11. 'The boy waved his hand in the air, indicating that he meant the alleyway, in which they stood.'
  12. 'its name means ‘painted rock’ in Cherokee'
  13. 'Cadet, a 17th Century French word meaning a young trainee in the armed forces or the police force, is commonly used in India.'
  14. 'The word magazine derives from an Arabic word meaning a storehouse, a place where goods are laid up.'
  15. 'The word icon comes from the Greek word eikon, which means image.'
  16. 'The word also means a narrowing of the eyes so that you can get a clearer view, and an affliction where the eyes are not in line.'
  17. 'The use of the original Greek word to mean an instrument of music did not occur until the 5th century ad.'
  18. 'I pressed the search button to see what the words meant and what language they were.'
  19. 'The word myco, is derived from the Greek word which means fungus.'
  20. 'Parcours is a French word meaning the route, the trip or the journey.'
  21. 'The word patriotism comes from a Greek word meaning fatherland.'
  22. 'when she said that she meant it'
  23. 'Mike had the feeling that, deep down inside, she genuinely meant it.'
  24. '‘I'm glad to hear it,’ he replied, and the genuine smile he gave me let me know he meant it.'
  25. 'animals have always meant more to him than people'
  26. 'You always show you put thought into your review and that means a lot to me.'
  27. 'Thanks for everything you said, it really meant a lot to me.'
  28. 'They had always meant a lot to her, she couldn't explain it.'
  29. 'It was apparent that this bet meant a lot to both of them.'
  30. 'It was only a momentary kiss but it meant a lot to me.'
Intend (something) to occur or be the case.
  1. with infinitive 'it was meant to be a secret'
  2. 'You can come with me to the Temple if you promise that you mean his girl no harm.'
  3. 'I think it was meant to be taken a lot more lightly than I read it, but I can't help my own reaction to the film.'
  4. 'Talk them down if you would, tell them that we mean them no harm.'
  5. 'Counseling is meant to be educational and to leave one with more positive feelings.'
  6. 'Fear rushed through him and he prayed that the person meant them no harm.'
  7. 'The movie is symbolic it's not meant to be a literal story.'
  8. 'It wasn't meant to be intimate, but my hand was on his!'
  9. 'Today's rendition was meant to be more meaningful than those of other years.'
  10. 'The law on sharing capital gains was meant to redistribute excess profit.'
  11. 'we were meant to go over yesterday'
  12. 'We were meant to meet the townspeople in just a few minutes, but at the rate we were going, they were going to be getting up and leaving before Al and I even got there.'
  13. 'They all have a purpose: they're meant to teach us about life, to advise us, to give reasons as to why things are they way they are.'
  14. 'Adam was meant to dig, not to drive round to the local gardening centre.'
  15. 'She didn't know where this place was that supposedly they were meant to go to, and because of that tried to push the thought out of her hyperactive head.'
  16. 'We were meant to learn new things about how the organization formed and pursued its first tentative steps into space.'
  17. 'I told him that garlic dipping sauce was meant for the sole purpose of dipping!'
  18. 'Even with her hair falling messily out of a bun, no make-up, wearing a hoodie that was 2 sizes too big and sweat pants that I'm pretty sure were meant for a guy, she still managed to look beautiful.'
  19. 'We wondered who the oversize sign was meant for.'
  20. 'The Marble Falls design is meant for business users, with two flat-screen displays and a small chassis.'
  21. 'Given that most of these types of games were meant for the PC, translating the interface to work with a console hasn't always worked.'
  22. 'what do you mean by leaving me out here in the cold?'
  23. 'I mean many things by this, which I hope to explore in the coming weeks and months.'
  24. 'But I don't think Veronica meant any harm by it, and it was nice of her to try.'
  25. '‘I'm sure she didn't mean any harm by it,’ I replied.'
  26. 'Again, don't take this the wrong way, I mean no offense by it.'
  27. 'She hadn't meant any harm by the question, but he seemed to think so as he glared venomously at her, before replying.'
Have as a consequence or result.
  1. with clause 'heavy rain meant that the pitch was waterlogged'
  2. 'This means the Deputy Prime Minister is likely to get the top job when it opens up sometime over the next few years.'
  3. 'This means it will achieve its total planned savings a year earlier than originally expected.'
  4. 'If handled properly it should certainly improve the cab company's efficiency and that means you won't have to wait in the rain so long.'
  5. 'That meant a day without work, without duty and without purpose.'
  6. 'The clouds were threatening to come in from the mountains and that meant rain and inside activity for the next day or so.'
  7. 'In second period French, Jen hid the plan book, which meant no homework.'
  8. 'Unfortunately for the crowd on the stands, that meant warm blankets and numerous cups of hot chocolate.'
  9. 'Christine not being here has meant a change of plan.'
  10. 'It made critics happy, which means that producers are likely to be more confident in you the next time around.'
  11. 'That is expected to mean a license fee of just shy of £200 early next decade once inflation is taken into account.'
  12. 'Either way, being a performer meant being involved in the compositional process.'


The value obtained by dividing the sum of several quantities by their number; an average.
  1. 'The cancer patients had used their phone for a mean of 2.8 years while the control group averaged 2.7 years.'
  2. 'The survey results for the means of each listed variable are reported in Table 3, Column 1.'
  3. 'Provided that the conditional mean was correctly specified, the model was consistent.'
  4. 'Such conditions produce overdispersion, wherein the variance exceeds the mean.'
  5. 'The mean and the mean of the sum of squares are combined into one loop through the entire data set.'
  6. 'The means associated with both dependent variables in all experimental conditions are presented in Figure 2.'
  7. 'Centering consists of subtracting the sample mean from each independent variable.'
  8. 'The means and coefficients of variation of output and input variables are reported in Table 1.'
  9. 'The price may rise and fall, but the average mean is what the cost will turn out to be.'
A condition, quality, or course of action equally removed from two opposite extremes.

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    1. to have in mind as one's purpose or intention; intend: I meant to compliment you on your work.Synonyms: contemplate.

    2. to intend for a particular purpose, destination, etc.: They were meant for each other.Synonyms: destine, foreordain.

    3. to intend to express or indicate: What do you mean by “liberal”?

    4. to have as its sense or signification; signify: The word “freedom” means many things to many people.Synonyms: denote, indicate

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be mean to people."

    "crops can be mean for companies."

    "people can be mean in/at/on percents."

    "people can be mean from plans."

    "crops can be mean such as lays."

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    (mean)Old English mænan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch meenen and German meinen, from an Indo-European root shared by mind.


    I mean
    if you know (or see) what I mean
    mean to say
    mean well