Mean meaning

mēn
Mean is defined as unkind or cruel.

An example of mean is a child who constantly bullies another child.

adjective
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To have as a purpose or an intention; intend.

I meant to go running this morning, but I overslept.

verb
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The definition of mean is to have in mind as a purpose.

An example of mean is to intend to buy bread, milk and eggs after work.

verb
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Something having a position, quality, or condition midway between extremes; a medium.
noun
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To have in mind; intend; purpose.

He means to go.

verb
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Bad-tempered; vicious; unmanageable.
adjective
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To intend to express, signify, or indicate.

To say what one means.

verb
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The average, or arithmetic mean. To calculate the mean of a series of numbers, the numbers are added together and then are divided by the number of terms. For example, the average of 5, 10, and 15 is 10. The answer is calculated by adding the three numbers, which equal 30, and then dividing 30 by the number of terms, 3, to get 10.
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To design, intend, or destine for a certain purpose or end.

A building that was meant for storage; a student who was meant to be a scientist.

verb
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Miserly; stingy.

Mean with money.

adjective
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Pettily or contemptibly selfish, bad-tempered, disagreeable, malicious, etc.
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Medium; average; middling.
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To have as a consequence; bring about.

Friction means heat.

verb
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To have the importance or value of.

The opinions of the critics meant nothing to him. She meant so much to me.

verb
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To intend or design for a certain person or purpose.

A gift meant for you.

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Ignoble; base.

A mean motive.

adjective
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(logic) The middle term in a syllogism.
noun
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A method, a course of action, or an instrument by which an act can be accomplished or an end achieved.
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Low in quality, value, or importance; paltry; poor; inferior.

Paid no mean sum.

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(rare) Low in social status or rank; of humble origin.
adjective
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Poor in appearance; shabby.

A mean dwelling.

adjective
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Ignoble; base; small-minded; petty.
adjective
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Stingy; miserly; penurious.
adjective
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To have intentions of a specified kind; be disposed.

They mean well but lack tact.

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To intend to convey or indicate.
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(informal) In poor health; not well; ill; indisposed.
adjective
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Halfway between extremes; in a middle or intermediate position as to place, time, quantity, quality, kind, value, degree, etc.
adjective
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What is between extremes; intermediate state, quality, course, or procedure.
noun
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Avoidance of extremes or excess; moderation.
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A number or quantity having a value that is intermediate between other numbers or quantities, especially an arithmetic mean or average.
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Either the second or third term of a proportion of four terms. In the proportion2 /3 =4 /6 , the means are 3 and 4.
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Occupying a middle or intermediate position between two extremes.
adjective
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To have a purpose or intention in mind.
verb
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Humiliated or ashamed.
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Intermediate in size, extent, quality, time, or degree; medium.
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(informal) mean business
  • To be in earnest.
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by all means
  • Without fail; certainly.
idiom
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by any means
  • In any way possible; to any extent:
    Not by any means an easy opponent.
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by means of
  • With the use of; owing to:
    They succeeded by means of patience and sacrifice.
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by no means
  • In no sense; certainly not:
    This remark by no means should be taken lightly.
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mean well by
  • to have good intentions or friendly, helpful feelings toward
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Origin of mean

  • Middle English mene middle from Old French meien from Latin mediānus from medius medhyo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English menen from Old English mǣnan to tell of mei-no- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English gemǣne common mei-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition