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Noun: means (means)  meenz
  1. How a result is obtained or an end is achieved
    "a means of control";
    - agency, way
     
  2. An instrumentality for accomplishing some end
     
  3. Considerable capital (wealth or income)
    "he is a man of means";
    - substance
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"

Sounds like: mean, mien, meeans, m

Type of: associate, capital, colligate, connect, convey, designate, destine, effectuation, implementation, instrumentality, instrumentation, intend, link, link up, necessitate, relate, specify, tie in

Encyclopedia: Means, motive, and opportunity

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