What is meant by meaning

transitive verb

1a: to have in the mind as a purpose : intendshe means to win—sometimes used interjectionally with I, chiefly in informal speech for emphasishe throws, I mean, hard or to introduce a phrase restating the point of a preceding phrasewe try to answer what we can, but I mean we're not God— Bobbie Ann Mason

b: to design for or destine to a specified purpose or future I was meant to teach

2: to serve or intend to convey, show, or indicate : signifya red sky means rain

3: to have importance to the degree of health means everything

4: to direct to a particular individual His criticism was meant for all of us.

mean business

2means plural in form but singular or plural in construction: something useful or helpful to a desired end

3means plural: resources available for disposalespecially: material resources affording a secure life

by all meansby means ofby no means

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Adjective (1)

mean, ignoble, abject, sordid mean being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity. mean suggests small-mindedness, ill temper, or cupidity. mean and petty satireignoble suggests a loss or lack of some essential high quality of mind or spirit. an ignoble scramble after material possessions abject may imply degradation, debasement, or servility. abject povertysordid is stronger than all of these in stressing physical or spiritual degradation and abjectness. a sordid story of murder and revenge

Adjective (2)

average, mean, median, norm mean something that represents a middle point. average is the quotient obtained by dividing the sum total of a set of figures by the number of figures. scored an average of 85 on tests mean may be the simple average or it may represent value midway between two extremes. a high of 70° and a low of 50° give a mean of 60° median applies to the value that represents the point at which there are as many instances above as there are below. average of a group of persons earning 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 dollars an hour is 6 dollars, whereas the median is 5 dollarsnorm means the average of performance of a significantly large group, class, or grade. scores about the norm for fifth grade arithmetic

Examples of mean in a Sentence

The season of backyard barbecues and lakeside cookouts is at hand, which in most parts of the country means an orgy of grilled steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs lasting until Labor Day and beyond.— R. W. Apple, Jr., New York Times, 5 June 2002Even the water in the cave was free from surface contamination … which meant that all the water now in Lechugilla percolated into the cave before the widespread nuclear bomb testing of the 1940s …— Jon Krakauer, Air & Space, October/November 1995Home meant my father, with kind eyes, songs, and tense recitations for my brother and myself.— Gwendolyn Brooks, Booklist, 15 Oct. 1993 The word meant one thing in Shakespeare's day, but it means something else now. Red means “stop” and green means “go.” Can you tell me what my dream means? What was meant by the poet? Don't distort what she meant by taking her words out of context. He's very ambitious, and I mean that as a compliment. It's a very easy question. Anyone, and I mean anyone, should be able to answer it. She's not getting any thinner, if you know what I mean. She says she didn't mean anything by what she did. I don't trust him. He means no good. For thirty years he had been a ruthless litigator, the meanest, nastiest, and without a doubt one of the most effective courtroom brawlers in Chicago.— John Grisham, The Chamber, 1995 … the streets of Spanish Harlem are meaner than when he left them, and they're pulling him back in.— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 9 Dec. 1993 … what you discover is the one with the tail was old mean landlord Mr. prosperous Prospero who wielded without thought of God or man the merry old cat-o'-nine-tails …— Darryl Pinckney, Times Literary Supplement, 23 Aug. 1991Creighton Abrams was a tanker, according to George Patton the meanest tanker the Germans had faced in the whole U.S. Third Army, and he had a temper that matched the fearsome machines he loved.— Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988 Take all these temperatures and calculate their mean. trying to find a golden mean between doing too little and doing too much

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3a: of poor, shabby, or inferior quality or status mean city streets

b: worthy of little regard : contemptible—often used in negative constructions as a term of praiseno mean feat

4: lacking dignity or honor : basea mean motive

5a: penurious, stingyHe's very mean with his money.

b: characterized by petty selfishness or malice a mean surly man

c: causing trouble or bother : vexatiousa mean soil to work

d: excellent, effectiveplays a mean trumpeta lean, mean athlete

6: ashamedsense 1bHis ready cooperation made me feel mean for what I had said.

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1: occupying a middle position : intermediate in space, order, time, kind, or degree

2: occupying a position about midway between extremesespecially: being the mean of a set of values : averagethe mean temperature

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