Translation of "mean" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /miːn/ us /miːn/ meant, meant

mean verb (EXPRESS)

A2 [ T ] to express or represent something such as an idea, thought, or fact

What does this word mean? 这个词是什么意思?
[ + that ] These figures mean that almost six percent of the working population is unemployed. 这些数字意味着近6%的劳动人口处于失业状态。
What do you mean by that remark? 你那话是什么意思?
She's kind of strange though. Do you know what I mean? 可是她有点怪。你明白我指什么吗?
"They all showed up." "You mean the entire family?"

[ T ] used to add emphasis to what you are saying

I want you home by midnight. And I mean midnight. 我要你午夜前回家,记住是午夜。
Give it back now! I mean it. 现在就把它还了!我是说真的。

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mean verb (HAVE RESULT)

B1 [ T ] to have a particular result

Lower costs mean lower prices. 成本降低,价格就会下降。
[ + that ] Advances in electronics mean that the technology is already available. 电子学方面的进步使这项技术已经可供人们利用。
[ + -ing verb ] If we want to catch the 7.30 train, that will mean leaving the house at 6.00. 如果想赶上7:30的火车,那就意味着我们要6:00从家中出发。

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mean verb (INTEND)

B1 [ I or T ] to intend

I'm sorry if I offended you - I didn't mean any harm. 如果冒犯了你我很抱歉——我并无恶意。
The books with large print are meant for partially sighted readers. 这些大字号的书是为视力有障碍的读者准备的。
[ + to infinitive ] I've been meaning to call you all week. 我整个星期都想着要给你打电话。
Do you think she meant to say 9 a.m. instead of 9 p.m.? 你认为她是想说上午9点而不是晚上9点吗?
They didn't mean for her to read the letter. 他们并不想让她读那封信。
be meant to do sth

to be intended to

These batteries are meant to last for a year. 这些电池应该能用一年。
This exercise isn't meant to be difficult. 这个练习不会很难。
We were meant to have gone away this week, but Debbie's ill so we couldn't go. 这周我们本该走了,但是戴比病了,所以我们走不了了。
You are meant to rub the medicine on the affected area, not swallow it.

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  • I didn't mean to be rude - it just came out like that.
  • He doesn't really mean it - he's just being contrary.
  • He's always making flattering remarks, but he doesn't really mean them.
  • I didn't mean to upset her - it was just a bit of fun.
  • He didn't mean it - he said it in the heat of the moment.


B1 [ T ] to have an important emotional effect on someone

It wasn't a valuable picture but it meant a lot to me. 这不是一幅很贵重的画,但对我却很重要。
Possessions mean nothing to him. 财富对他来说毫无意义。

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  • Her children mean all the world to her.
  • Gerald means nothing to me now.
  • Her career means everything to her.
  • Nothing means more to me than my children's happiness.
  • Her approval meant a lot to me.


uk /miːn/ us /miːn/

mean adjective (NOT GENEROUS)

B2 mainly UK not willing to give or share things, especially money

He's too mean to buy her a ring. 他太吝啬了,舍不得给她买一枚戒指。
My landlord's very mean with the heating - it's only on for two hours each day. 我的房东对使用暖气很吝啬——每天只开两个小时。

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mean adjective (NOT KIND)

B2 unkind or unpleasant

Stop being so mean to me! 别对我那么刻薄!
She just said it to be mean. 她那么说就是为了让人不悦。

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mean adjective (VIOLENT)

mainly US frightening and likely to become violent

a mean and angry mob 一群气势汹汹、激动愤怒的暴民
a mean-looking youth 一个面相很凶的年轻人

mean adjective (GOOD)

[ before noun ] informal very good

She's a mean piano player. 她是个出色的钢琴演奏家。
She plays a mean piano (= she plays very well). 她钢琴弹得很棒。

mean adjective (MATHEMATICS)

C2 [ before noun ] specialized mathematics a mean number is an average number

a mean value 平均值
Their mean weight was 76.4 kilos. 他们的平均体重是76.4公斤。

meannoun [ S ]

uk /miːn/ us /miːn/

mean noun [ S ] (MATHEMATICS)

specialized also the arithmetic mean mathematics the result you get by adding two or more amounts together and dividing the total by the number of amounts

The mean of 5, 4, 10, and 15 is 8.5. 5,4,10和15的平均值是8.5。

mean noun [ S ] (METHOD)

formal a quality or way of doing something that is in the middle of two completely different qualities or ways of doing something

We need to find a mean between test questions that are too difficult and those that are too easy. 我们需要出难度适中的考题。

(Translation of “mean” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)