Definition of "mean" []

  • To be used to convey; denote: "'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things'” ( Lewis Carroll). (verb-transitive)
  • To act as a symbol of; signify or represent: In this poem, the budding flower means youth. (verb-transitive)
  • To intend to convey or indicate: "No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous” ( Henry Adams). (verb-transitive)
  • To have as a purpose or an intention; intend: I meant to go running this morning, but I overslept. (verb-transitive)
  • 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-transitive)
  • To intend to convey or express (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Intend (verb)
  • To say or do in all seriousness (verb)
  • To destine or design (for a certain person or purpose) (verb)
  • To denote or connote; signify; represent (verb)
  • To produce; cause (verb)
  • To foretell; portend (verb)
  • To have the importance of (verb)
  • To have the intention of behaving or acting (esp in the phrases mean well or mean ill) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "mean" in a sentence
  • "There's an underlying assumption, I think, that his words didn't mean anything (because the Clinton's words don't really * mean* anything - they just affect outcomes)."
  • ""And you realise that I mean it, _mean_ it, with every fibre of me.""
  • ""Oh, you were mean -- _mean_ -- to shame me so," and floods of tears came again."