Translation of "mean" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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meanverb

uk /miːn/ us /miːn/ meant, meant

mean verb (EXPRESS)

A2 [ T ] to express or represent something such as an idea, thought, or fact

意思是;意味著
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?
She's kind of strange though. Do you know what I mean? 可是她有點怪。你明白我指甚麼嗎?
"They all showed up." "You mean the entire family?"

[ T ] used to add emphasis to what you are saying

(用於強調)是…的意思
I want you home by midnight. And I mean midnight. 我要你午夜前回家,記住是午夜。
Give it back now! I mean it. 現在就把它還了!我是說真的。

More examples

  • 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)

B1 [ T ] to have a particular result

意味著;結果是
Lower costs mean lower prices. 成本降低,價格就會下降。
[ + 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。
[ + -ing verb ] If we want to catch the 7.30 train, that will mean leaving the house at 6.00. 如果想趕上7:30的火車,那就意味著我們要6:00從家中出發。

More examples

  • 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)

B1 [ I or T ] to intend

有意,打算
I'm sorry if I offended you - I didn't mean any harm. 如果冒犯了你我很抱歉——我並無惡意。
The books with large print are meant for partially sighted readers. 這些大號字體書籍是為視力有障礙的讀者而設的。
[ + to infinitive ] I've been meaning to call you all week. 我整個星期都想著要打電話給你。
Do you think she meant to say 9 a.m. instead of 9 p.m.? 你認為她是想說上午9點而不是晚上9點嗎?
They didn't mean for her to read the letter. 他們並不想讓她讀那封信。
be meant to do sth

to be intended to

被期望,應該,預期
These batteries are meant to last for a year. 這些電池應該能用一年。
This exercise isn't meant to be difficult. 這個練習不會很難。
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。
You are meant to rub the medicine on the affected area, not swallow it.

More examples

  • 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)

B1 [ T ] to have an important emotional effect on someone

對…具有意義,對…具有重大影響
It wasn't a valuable picture but it meant a lot to me. 這不是一幅很貴重的畫,但對我卻很重要。
Possessions mean nothing to him. 財富對他來說毫無意義。

More examples

  • 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.

meanadjective

uk /miːn/ us /miːn/

mean adjective (NOT GENEROUS)

B2 mainly UK not willing to give or share things, especially money

吝嗇的,小氣的
He's too mean to buy her a ring. 他太吝嗇了,捨不得買一枚戒指給她。
My landlord's very mean with the heating - it's only on for two hours each day. 我的房東對使用暖氣很吝嗇——每天只開兩個小時。

More examples

  • 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)

B2 unkind or unpleasant

卑鄙的;刻薄的
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。

More examples

  • 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.

mean adjective (VIOLENT)

mainly US frightening and likely to become violent

兇惡的;氣勢洶洶的
a mean and angry mob 一群氣勢洶洶、激動憤怒的暴民
a mean-looking youth 一個面相很兇的年輕人

mean adjective (GOOD)

[ before noun ] informal very good

極好的,出色的
She's a mean piano player. 她是個出色的鋼琴演奏家。
She plays a mean piano (= she plays very well). 她鋼琴彈得很棒。

mean adjective (MATHEMATICS)

C2 [ before noun ] specialized mathematics a mean number is an average number

(數值)平均的
a mean value 平均值
Their mean weight was 76.4 kilos. 他們的平均體重是76.4公斤。

meannoun [ S ]

uk /miːn/ us /miːn/

mean noun [ S ] (MATHEMATICS)

specialized also the arithmetic mean mathematics the result you get by adding two or more amounts together and dividing the total by the number of amounts

(數學上的)平均數,平均值
The mean of 5, 4, 10, and 15 is 8.5. 5,4,10和15的平均數是8.5。
Compare

mean noun [ S ] (METHOD)

formal a quality or way of doing something that is in the middle of two completely different qualities or ways of doing something

中間;中庸;適度
We need to find a mean between test questions that are too difficult and those that are too easy. 我們需要出難度適中的考題。

(Translation of “mean” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)