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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

meanmin(v.)meant, mean•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to have in mind as one's purpose or intention; intend.

  2. to intend for a particular destiny:

    They were meant for each other.

  3. to intend to express or indicate:

    What do you mean by “perfect”?

  4. to have as its sense or signification; signify.

  5. to bring, cause, or produce as a result:

    Prosperity means peace.

  6. to have the value of:

    Money means everything to them.

  7. (v.i.)to have specified intentions:

    We meant well.

Origin of mean:

bef. 900; ME menen, OE mǣnan, c. OFris mēna, OS mēnian, OHG meinen

meanmin(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. uncharitable; malicious:

    a mean remark.

  2. small-minded; ignoble:

    mean motives.

  3. stingy; miserly.

  4. inferior in quality or character.

  5. low in status:

    mean servitors.

  6. bad-tempered:

    a mean horse.

  7. excellent; topnotch:

    plays a mean game of tennis.

Origin of mean:

bef. 900; var. of imene, OE gemǣne common, inferior, c. OFris mēne, OHG gimeini, Go gamains; cf. common



  1. Usu., means. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) an agency, instrument, or method used to attain an end.

  2. means, available resources, esp. money. considerable financial resources:

    a person of means.

  3. something midway between two extremes.

  4. a quantity having a value intermediate between the values of other quantities; an average, esp. the arithmetic mean. either the second or third term in a proportion of four terms.

  5. the middle term in a syllogism.

    Category: Philosphy

  6. (adj.)occupying a middle position or intermediate place.

Idioms for mean:

  1. by all means, certainly.

    Category: Idiom

  2. by any means, in any way; at all.

    Category: Idiom

  3. by means of, by the agency of; through.

    Category: Idiom

  4. by no means, not at all.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of mean:

1300–50; ME mene < AF, OF meen, var. of meien < L mediānus; see median

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mean, mean value(adj)

    an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

  2. average, mean(a)(adj)

    approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value

    "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall"

  3. hateful, mean(adj)

    characterized by malice

    "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"

  4. base, mean, meanspirited(adj)

    having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality

    "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"

  5. mean(adj)


    "famous for a mean backhand"

  6. beggarly, mean(adj)

    marked by poverty befitting a beggar

    "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"

  7. mean, mingy, miserly, tight(adj)

    (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity

    "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"

  8. beggarly, mean(adj)

    (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt

  9. bastardly, mean(verb)

    of no value or worth

    "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"

  10. mean, intend(verb)

    mean or intend to express or convey

    "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"

  11. entail, imply, mean(verb)

    have as a logical consequence

    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

  12. mean, intend, signify, stand for(verb)

    denote or connote

    "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"

  13. intend, mean, think(verb)

    have in mind as a purpose

    "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"

  14. mean(verb)

    have a specified degree of importance

    "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"

  15. think of, have in mind, mean(verb)

    intend to refer to

    "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"

  16. mean(verb)

    destine or designate for a certain purpose

    "These flowers were meant for you"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mean(verb)min

    to have a particular meaning

    What does the word "conejo" mean?

  2. meanmin

    to intend sth you say or write to have a particular meaning

    What do you think the author means in the last sentence?; I didn't mean to suggest you lied.

  3. meanmin

    to intend sth you do to have a particular effect

    I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt you.

  4. meanmin

    to intend sth good even though your actions are not wanted

    I know she can be annoying, but she means well.

  5. meanmin

    to result in

    If he took the job it'd mean that he'd be paid more.

  6. meanmin

    to show sth exists or is true

    If a blue line appears, it means you are pregnant.

  7. meanmin

    used to add to or correct what you have just said

    The answer is 56, I mean, 57.; This room is gross! I mean, would you sleep here?

  8. meanmin

    intended or suitable for a purpose

    a publication that is meant for teachers

  9. meanmin

    supposed to

    You weren't meant to read that letter.

  10. mean(adjective)min

    unkind or cruel

    It was really mean of her not to invite Kelly.; Why are you so mean to me?

  11. meanmin

    very good

    He makes a mean omelet.

  12. meanmin

    being the average

    the mean temperature

  13. meanmin

    unwilling to spend money

    a mean old man

  14. meanmin

    (of sth you do) impressive because it was not easy

    To be the best in the city was no mean feat.

  15. mean(noun)min

    the average

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mean(verb)

    to have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?

  2. Mean(verb)

    to signify; to indicate; to import; to denote

  3. Mean(verb)

    to have a purpose or intention

  4. Mean

    destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble

  5. Mean

    wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive

  6. Mean

    of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable

  7. Mean

    of poor quality; as, mean fare

  8. Mean

    penurious; stingy; close-fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality

  9. Mean(adj)

    occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes

  10. Mean(adj)

    intermediate in excellence of any kind

  11. Mean(adj)

    average; having an intermediate value between two extremes, or between the several successive values of a variable quantity during one cycle of variation; as, mean distance; mean motion; mean solar day

  12. Mean(noun)

    that which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure

  13. Mean(noun)

    a quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the square root of the product of the quantities

  14. Mean(noun)

    that through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument

  15. Mean(noun)

    hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance

  16. Mean(noun)

    a part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part

  17. Mean(noun)

    meantime; meanwhile

  18. Mean(noun)

    a mediator; a go-between


  1. Mean

    In mathematics, mean has several different definitions depending on the context. In probability and statistics, mean and expected value are used synonymously to refer to one measure of the central tendency either of a probability distribution or of the random variable characterized by that distribution. In the case of a discrete probability distribution of a random variable X, the mean is equal to the sum over every possible value weighted by the probability of that value; that is, it is computed by taking the product of each possible value x of X and its probability P(x), and then adding all these products together, giving . An analogous formula applies to the case of a continuous probability distribution. Not every probability distribution has a defined mean; see the Cauchy distribution for an example. Moreover, for some distributions the mean is infinite: for example, when the probability of the value is for n = 1, 2, 3, .... For a data set, the terms arithmetic mean, mathematical expectation, and sometimes average are used synonymously to refer to a central value of a discrete set of numbers: specifically, the sum of the values divided by the number of values. The arithmetic mean of a set of numbers x1, x2, ..., xn is typically denoted by, pronounced "x bar". If the data set were based on a series of observations obtained by sampling from a statistical population, the arithmetic mean is termed the sample mean to distinguish it from the population mean.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'mean' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #484

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    Rank popularity for the word 'mean' in Written Corpus Frequency: #78

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mean' in Verbs Frequency: #27

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    Rank popularity for the word 'mean' in Adjectives Frequency: #487

Translations for mean

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a statistic) having the middle position between two points, quantities etc

the mean value on a graph.

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