Translation of "mean" - English-Japanese dictionary


verb uk /miːn/ us /min/ 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

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

B1 to want to do something

~するつもりだ, ~したいと思う
I didn’t mean to hurt her.
be meaning to do something

B1 to be planning to do something

I’ve been meaning to call you for weeks.

B1 to have a particular result

These changes will mean better healthcare for everyone.

B1 to intend to express a fact or opinion

I didn’t mean / that as a criticism.
What exactly do you mean byold-fashioned’?

B1 to have an important emotional effect on someone

It wasn’t a valuable picture but it meant a lot to me.
adjective uk /miːn/ us /min/

not kind

My sister was being mean to me.

UK A mean person does not like spending money, especially on other people.

He’s too mean to buy her a ring.

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