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mean

verb [I or T] (INTEND)    /miːn/ (meant, meant)
B1 to intend : I'm sorry if I offended you - I didn't mean any harm . The books with large print are meant for our partially sighted readers . [+ to infinitive] I've been meaning to phone you all week . Do you think she meant to say 9 a.m. instead of 9 p.m.? They didn't mean for her to read the letter .Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping be meant to do sth to be intended to: These batteries are meant to last for a year . This exercise isn't meant to be difficult . We were meant to have gone away this week , but Debbie's ill so we couldn't go. You are meant to rub the medicine on the affected area , not swallow it.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping Grammar:Be meant toBe meant to is used to talk about what is desirable, expected or intended:Grammar:MeanGrammar:I meanGrammar:Grammar:NounsNouns are one of the four major word classes, along with verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Nouns are the largest word class.
(Definition of mean verb (INTEND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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