meanverbuk us /miːn/ (meant, meant)
mean verb (EXPRESS)
- 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)
- 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)
mean verb (HAVE IMPORTANCE)
meanadjectiveuk us /miːn/
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)
mean adjective (VIOLENT)
mean adjective (GOOD)
mean adjective (BAD QUALITY)
mean adjective (MATHEMATICS)
meannoun [S]uk us /miːn/
mean noun [S] (MATHEMATICS)
mean noun [S] (METHOD)