mean verb (EXPRESS)
What does this word mean? 這個詞是甚麼意思？
[ + that ] These figures mean that almost six percent of the working population is unemployed. 這些數字意味著近6%的勞動人口處於失業狀態。
What do you mean by that remark? 你那句話是甚麼意思？
Give it back now! I mean it. 現在就把它還了！我是說真的。
- When he said three o'clock, I thought he meant in the afternoon.
- Charges are made on a sliding scale, which means that the amount you must pay increases with the level of your income.
- If you don't know what the word means, look it up in a dictionary.
- You should take it as a compliment when I fall asleep in your company - it means I'm relaxed.
- A continuous white line in the middle of the road means no overtaking.
mean verb (HAVE RESULT)
[ + that ] Advances in electronics mean that the technology is already available. 電子學方面的進步使這項技術已經可供人們利用。
- High acidity levels in the water mean that the fish are not so large.
- Shortages mean that even staples like bread are difficult to find.
- In a way I'd prefer it if they didn't come, because it would mean extra work.
- Let's say that the journey takes three hours, that means you'll arrive at two o'clock.
- The irregularity of English spelling means that it is easy to make mistakes.
mean verb (INTEND)
be meant to do sth
› to be intended to被期望，應該，預期
We were meant to have gone away this week, but Debbie's ill so we couldn't go. 這周我們本該要走，但是戴比病了，所以我們走不了。
- 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.
mean verb (HAVE IMPORTANCE)
Possessions mean nothing to him. 財富對他來說毫無意義。
- 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.
mean adjective (NOT GENEROUS)
- She's really quite unpleasant about other people and she's as mean as hell.
- He's a mean old scrooge!
- "That was amazingly generous of you!" "Well, that was a two-edged comment - are you saying I'm usually mean?"
- He's too mean to buy any new clothes.
- She only gave you 50p? That was a bit mean.
mean adjective (NOT KIND)
Stop being so mean to me! 別對我那麼刻薄！
She just said it to be mean. 她那麼說就是為了讓人不悅。
- He's as mean as they come.
- You shouldn't have been so mean to your mother - she deserves better.
- And she didn't invite him? That was a bit mean!
- Stop being so mean to your brother!
- It was mean of him to make her stay late.