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Meaning of "mean" in Essential English Dictionary

mean

verb   /miːn/ (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: 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 health care 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.
(Definition of mean verb from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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