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Meaning & Definition of Mean in English

English

Mean

/min/

noun

1. An average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

    synonym:
  • mean
  • ,
  • mean value

verb

1. Mean or intend to express or convey

  • "You never understand what i mean!"
  • "What do his words intend?"
    synonym:
  • mean
  • ,
  • intend

2. Have as a logical consequence

  • "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
    synonym:
  • entail
  • ,
  • imply
  • ,
  • mean

3. Denote or connote

  • "`maison' means `house' in french"
  • "An example sentence would show what this word means"
    synonym:
  • mean
  • ,
  • intend
  • ,
  • signify
  • ,
  • stand for

4. Have in mind as a purpose

  • "I mean no harm"
  • "I only meant to help you"
  • "She didn't think to harm me"
  • "We thought to return early that night"
    synonym:
  • intend
  • ,
  • mean
  • ,
  • think

5. Have a specified degree of importance

  • "My ex-husband means nothing to me"
  • "Happiness means everything"
    synonym:
  • mean

6. Intend to refer to

  • "I'm thinking of good food when i talk about france"
  • "Yes, i meant you when i complained about people who gossip!"
    synonym:
  • think of
  • ,
  • have in mind
  • ,
  • mean

7. Destine or designate for a certain purpose

  • "These flowers were meant for you"
    synonym:
  • mean

adjective

1. Approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value

  • "The average income in new england is below that of the nation"
  • "Of average height for his age"
  • "The mean annual rainfall"
    synonym:
  • average
  • ,
  • mean(a)

2. Characterized by malice

  • "A hateful thing to do"
  • "In a mean mood"
    synonym:
  • hateful
  • ,
  • mean

3. Having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality

  • "That liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- edmund burke
  • "Taking a mean advantage"
  • "Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- shakespeare
  • "Something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
    synonym:
  • base
  • ,
  • mean
  • ,
  • meanspirited

4. Excellent

  • "Famous for a mean backhand"
    synonym:
  • mean

5. Marked by poverty befitting a beggar

  • "A beggarly existence in the slums"
  • "A mean hut"
    synonym:
  • beggarly
  • ,
  • mean

6. (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity

  • "A mean person"
  • "He left a miserly tip"
    synonym:
  • mean
  • ,
  • mingy
  • ,
  • miserly
  • ,
  • tight

7. (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt

    synonym:
  • beggarly
  • ,
  • mean

8. Of no value or worth

  • "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"
    synonym:
  • bastardly
  • ,
  • mean

Examples of using

"How soon can you land?" "I can't tell." "You can tell me. I'm a doctor." "No, I mean I'm just not sure!" "Can't you take a guess?" "Well, not for another two hours." "You can't take a guess for another two hours?"
I mean it this time.
Have fun? What do you mean? I don't understand.