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 mean mean

noun

  • ( ) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n  ( mean, mean value )
    an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
  • adj

  • ( ) approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value  ( average, mean )
    approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
     the average income in New England is below that of the nation
    the average income in New England is below that of the nation
     of average height for his age
    of average height for his age
     the mean annual rainfall
    the mean annual rainfall
  • ( ) characterized by malice  ( hateful, mean )
    characterized by malice
     a hateful thing to do
    a hateful thing to do
     in a mean mood
    in a mean mood
  • ( ) having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality  ( base, mean, meanspirited )
    having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
     that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble
    that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble
     taking a mean advantage
    taking a mean advantage
     chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort
    chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort
     something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics
    something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics
  • of no value or worth  ( bastardly, mean )
    of no value or worth
     I was caught in the bastardly traffic
    I was caught in the bastardly traffic
  • (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt  ( beggarly, mean )
    (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
  • (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity  ( mean, mingy, miserly, tight )
    (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
     a mean person
    a mean person
     he left a miserly tip
    he left a miserly tip
  • marked by poverty befitting a beggar  ( beggarly, mean )
    marked by poverty befitting a beggar
     a beggarly existence in the slums
    a beggarly existence in the slums
     a mean hut
    a mean hut
  • excellent  ( mean )
    excellent
     famous for a mean backhand
    famous for a mean backhand
  • verb

  • ( ) mean or intend to express or convey  ( intend, mean )
    mean or intend to express or convey
     You never understand what I mean!
    You never understand what I mean!
     what do his words intend?
    what do his words intend?
  • ( ) have as a logical consequence  ( entail, imply, mean )
    have as a logical consequence
     The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers
    The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers
  • ( ) denote or connote  ( intend, mean, signify, stand for )
    denote or connote
     maison' means house' in French
    maison' means house' in French
     An example sentence would show what this word means
    An example sentence would show what this word means
  • ( ) have in mind as a purpose  ( intend, mean, think )
    have in mind as a purpose
     I mean no harm
    I mean no harm
     I only meant to help you
    I only meant to help you
     She didn't think to harm me
    She didn't think to harm me
     We thought to return early that night
    We thought to return early that night
  • ( ) have a specified degree of importance  ( mean )
    have a specified degree of importance
     My ex-husband means nothing to me
    My ex-husband means nothing to me
     Happiness means everything
    Happiness means everything
  • ( ) intend to refer to  ( have in mind, mean, think of )
    intend to refer to
     I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France
    I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France
     Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!
    Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!
  • destine or designate for a certain purpose  ( mean )
    destine or designate for a certain purpose
     These flowers were meant for you
    These flowers were meant for you


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