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1. mean

verb. ['ˈmiːn'] mean or intend to express or convey.

Synonyms

  • intend
  • import
  • drive
  • typify
  • symbolize
  • stand for
  • symbolise
  • spell
  • convey
  • get
  • represent
  • signify

Antonyms

  • prosecute
  • contraindicate
  • uncreativeness
  • irresoluteness

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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How do you pronounce mean?

Pronounce mean as min.

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Example sentences of the word mean


1. Noun, singular or mass
Just because sodas are low in sodium, however, doesn’t mean you should drink them regularly.

2. Verb, base form
Just because you have a small space doesn't mean everything in it has to be tiny.

Quotes containing the word mean


1. Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

2. Well, I mean, if a joke or humor is bawdy, it's got to be funny enough to warrant it. You can't just have it bawdy or dirty just for the sake of being that - it's got to be funny.
- Betty White

3. I remember when humor was gentle pokes. I used to call it 'arm around the shoulder' humor. Now they go for the jugular and they take no prisoners. It's mean, mean stuff.
- Robert Orben

2. mean

verb. ['ˈmiːn'] have as a logical consequence.

Synonyms

  • imply
  • entail

Antonyms

  • functional
  • uselessness
  • inutility

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. mean

verb. ['ˈmiːn'] have in mind as a purpose.

Synonyms

  • intend
  • propose
  • design
  • plan
  • purpose
  • be after
  • think
  • purport

Antonyms

  • walk
  • stay in place
  • pull
  • attract

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. mean

verb. ['ˈmiːn'] denote or connote.

Synonyms

  • stand for
  • denote
  • refer
  • signify

Antonyms

  • pull out
  • leave
  • dissuade
  • repel

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. mean

adjective. ['ˈmiːn'] approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value.

Synonyms

  • average

Antonyms

  • forget
  • respect

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. mean

noun. ['ˈmiːn'] an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n.

Synonyms

  • arithmetic mean
  • average
  • harmonic mean
  • norm
  • first moment
  • expected value
  • mean value
  • expectation

Antonyms

  • dominant
  • citizen
  • insignificance
  • inconsequence

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. mean

adjective. ['ˈmiːn'] characterized by malice.

Synonyms

  • nasty
  • awful

Antonyms

  • bless
  • demote
  • start

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

8. mean

verb. ['ˈmiːn'] intend to refer to.

Synonyms

  • colligate
  • connect
  • have in mind
  • mention
  • bring up
  • cite
  • link
  • think of
  • relate
  • link up
  • name
  • associate
  • refer
  • tie in

Antonyms

  • lend
  • refuse
  • sell
  • end

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

9. mean

adjective. ['ˈmiːn'] having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality.

Synonyms

  • ignoble
  • meanspirited

Antonyms

  • separation
  • incoherence
  • disconnectedness

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

10. mean

adjective. ['ˈmiːn'] excellent.

Antonyms

  • nonmember

Etymology

  • meene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • meien (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • mene (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • menen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • mænan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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