The definition of mean is to have in mind as a purpose.(verb)
An example of mean is to intend to buy bread, milk and eggs after work.
Mean is defined as unkind or cruel.(adjective)
An example of mean is a child who constantly bullies another child.
See mean in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME menen < OE mænan, to mean, tell, complain, akin to Ger meinen, to have in mind, have as opinion < IE base *meino-, opinion, intent > OIr mian, wish, desire
Origin: ME mene, common, hence mean < OE (ge)mæne, akin to Ger gemein, plentiful, common
Origin: ME mene < OFr meien (Fr moyen) < L medianus: see median
See mean in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb meant meant (mĕnt), mean·ing, means verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English menen
Origin: , from Old English mǣnan, to tell of; see mei-no- in Indo-European roots.
adjective mean·er, mean·est
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English gemǣne, common; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English mene, middle
Origin: , from Old French meien
Origin: , from Latin mediānus
Origin: , from medius; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: In the sense of “financial resources” means takes a plural verb: His means are more than adequate. In the sense of “a way to an end,” means may be treated as either a singular or plural. It is singular when referring to a particular strategy or method: The best means of securing the cooperation of the builders is to appeal to their self-interest. It is plural when it refers to a group of strategies or methods: The most effective means for dealing with the drug problem have generally been those suggested by the affected communities. • Means is most often followed by of: a means of noise reduction. But for, to, and toward are also used: a means for transmitting sound; a means to an end; a means toward achieving equality.
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