Synonyms of mean in English:



  • 1 flashing lights mean the road is blocked
    signify, convey, denote, designate, indicate, connote, show, express, spell out;
    stand for, represent, symbolize;
    imply, suggest, intimate, hint at, insinuate, drive at, refer to, allude to, point to
    literary betoken
  • 2 she didn't mean to break it
    intend, aim, plan, design, have in mind, contemplate, purpose, propose, set out, aspire, desire, want, wish, expect
  • 3 he was hit by a bullet meant for a soldier
    intend, design;
  • 4 the closures will mean a rise in unemployment
  • 5 this means a lot to me
    matter, be important, be significant
  • 6 a red sky in the morning usually means rain
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  • 1 a mean trick
    unkind, nasty, unpleasant, spiteful, malicious, unfair, cruel, shabby, foul, despicable, contemptible, obnoxious, vile, odious, loathsome, base, low
    [Antonyms] kind
  • 2 he's too mean to leave a tip
    [Antonyms] generous, munificent
  • 3 the truth was obvious to even the meanest intelligence
    inferior, poor, limited, restricted
  • 4 their mean origins
    lowly, humble, ordinary, low, low-born, modest, common, base, proletarian, plebeian, obscure, ignoble, undistinguished
    archaic baseborn
    [Antonyms] noble
  • 5 informal he's a mean cook See excellent
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  • 1 a mean between frugality and miserliness
    middle course, middle way, midpoint, happy medium, golden mean, compromise, balance;
    median, norm, average
  • adjective

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  • 1 the mean temperature
    average, median, middle, medial, medium, normal, standard
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