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Verb: mean (meant)  meen
  1. Have the intention to express or convey; have a particular sense or meaning
    "You never understand what I mean!";
    - intend
     
  2. Have as a logical consequence
    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers";
    - entail, imply
     
  3. Denote or connote
    "'maison' means 'house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means";
    - intend, signify, stand for
     
  4. Have in mind as a purpose
    "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you";
    - intend, think
     
  5. Have a specified degree of importance
    "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"
     
  6. Intend to refer to
    "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!";
    - think of, have in mind
     
  7. Destine or designate for a certain purpose
    "These flowers were meant for you"
Adjective: mean (meaner,meanest)  meen
  1. (statistics) approximating the statistical norm, average or expected value
    "the mean annual rainfall";
    - average
     
  2. Characterized by malice
    "in a mean mood";
    - hateful
     
  3. Having or showing an ignoble lack of honour or morality
    "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort";
    - base, meanspirited
     
  4. Excellent
    "famous for a mean backhand"
     
  5. Marked by poverty befitting a beggar
    "a mean hut";
    - beggarly
     
  6. (used of persons or behaviour) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
    "a mean person";
    - mingy, miserly, tight
     
  7. (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
    - beggarly
     
  8. Of no value or worth
    "I was caught in the mean traffic";
    - bastardly
Noun: mean  meen
  1. (statistics) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
    - mean value

Sounds like: mealy, meamean, mien, m

Derived forms: meant, means, meaning, meanest, meaner

See also: awful, contemptible, ignoble, nasty, normal, poor, skilled, stingy, ungenerous

Type of: associate, average, colligate, connect, convey, designate, destine, intend, link, link up, necessitate, norm, relate, specify, tie in

Encyclopedia: Mean