1. [ verb ] mean or intend to express or convey
Synonyms: intend

"You never understand what I mean!" "what do his words intend?"

Related terms: convey symbolize denote drive spell aim signify intent
2. [ verb ] have as a logical consequence
Synonyms: entail imply

"The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

Related terms: necessitate deduction
3. [ verb ] denote or connote
Synonyms: signify stand_for intend

"`maison' means `house' in French" "An example sentence would show what this word means"

Related terms: signify meaning meaning sign
4. [ verb ] have in mind as a purpose
Synonyms: intend think

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

Related terms: shall will plan aim design intention
5. [ adjective ] (statistics) approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
Synonyms: average

"the average income in New England is below that of the nation" "of average height for his age" "the mean annual rainfall"

Related terms: statistics normal
6. [ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
Synonyms: mean_value
Related terms: average arithmetic_mean geometric_mean harmonic_mean statistics
7. [ verb ] have a specified degree of importance

"My ex-husband means nothing to me" "Happiness means everything"

8. [ verb ] intend to refer to
Synonyms: think_of have_in_mind

"I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France" "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"

Related terms: relate associate mention
9. [ adjective ] characterized by malice
Synonyms: hateful spiteful

"a hateful thing to do" "in a mean mood"

Related terms: nasty
10. [ adjective ] having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
Synonyms: meanspirited base

"liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"

Related terms: ignoble
11. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 25319
12. [ adjective ] used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
Synonyms: tight miserly small little mingy

"a mean person" "he left a miserly tip"

Related terms: stingy
13. [ adjective ] used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt
Synonyms: beggarly
Related terms: stingy
14. [ adjective ] (slang) excellent

"famous for a mean backhand"

Related terms: cant skilled
15. [ adjective ] marked by poverty befitting a beggar
Synonyms: beggarly

"a beggarly existence in the slums" "a mean hut"

Related terms: poor
16. [ verb ] destine or designate for a certain purpose

"These flowers were meant for you"

Related terms: intend
Similar spelling:   Mehan