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definition of the word mean

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
human kept business #383: mean manner following fell

From Old English mænan (to mean, to allude to). Confer Dutch menen, German meinen. Cognate with mind and German Minne (love).

Infinitive
to mean

Third person singular
means

Simple past
meant

Past participle
meant

Present participle
meaning

to mean (third-person singular simple present means, present participle meaning, simple past and past participle meant)

  1. (transitive) To convey, signify, or indicate.
    What does this hieroglyph mean?
    The sky is red this morning—does that mean we're in for a storm?
  2. (transitive) To want or intend to convey.
    I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean.
    Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  3. (transitive) To intend; to plan on doing.
    I didn't mean to knock your tooth out.
    I mean to go to Baddeck this summer.
    I meant to take the car in for a smog check, but it slipped my mind.
  4. (transitive) To have conviction in what one says.
    Does she really mean what she said to him last night?
    Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  5. (transitive) To have intentions of a some kind.
    Don't be angry; she meant well.
    Someone's coming up. He means business.
  6. (transitive) To result in; to bring about.
    One faltering step means certain death.


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