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Meaning of “mean well” in the English Dictionary

"mean well" in British English

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mean well

C2 to do what you ​think will be ​helpful, ​although by doing it you might ​causeproblems without ​intending to: I ​know he ​means well, but he just gets in the way.
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(Definition of mean well from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mean well" in American English

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mean well

to ​intend to be ​helpful, esp. when you ​unintentionallycauseproblemsinstead: He ​means well, but he ​keepstrying to ​help with things he doesn't really ​understand.
(Definition of mean well from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “mean well”
in Chinese (Simplified) 本意是好的,出发点是好的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 本意是好的,出發點是好的…
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