mean verb Meaning in Cambridge English Kids' Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "mean" - English Kids' Dictionary

See all translations

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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Essential British English definitions for “mean”

Definitions of “mean” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
post

something such as a message or picture that you publish on a website or using social media

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More