Meaning of "mean" in Essential English Dictionary


verb uk /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)