Translation of "mean" - English-Italian dictionary


verb uk /miːn/ (past tense and past participle meant)

A2 to have a particular meaning

What does this word mean?
The green light means go.
I mean

A2 something that you say in order to correct yourself

voglio dire
We went there in May – I mean June.
mean to do something

B1 to want to do something

avere intenzione di fare qualcosa, volere fare qualcosa
I didn’t mean to hurt her.
be meaning to do something

B1 to be planning to do something

avere in mente di fare qualcosa
I’ve been meaning to call you for weeks.

B1 to have a particular result

significare, voler dire
These changes will mean better healthcare for everyone.

B1 to intend to express a fact or opinion

voler dire, intendere
I didn’t mean that as a criticism.
What exactly do you mean byold-fashioned”?

B1 to have an important emotional effect on someone

voler dire, significare
It wasn’t a valuable picture but it meant a lot to me.

(Translation of “mean verb” from the Cambridge English–Italian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)