verbo (past and past participle meant /mɛnt/)[with object]
- 1Intend to convey or refer to (a particular thing); signify: I don’t know what you mean he was asked to clarify what his remarks meant I meant you, not JonesMás ejemplos en oraciones
- It was a slow kiss, intended to mean a promise of a future together.
- ‘Hey freak,’ Jesse greeted, his tone implying that he had meant it strictly as an insult.
- The question is whether that means it intends to triple its workforce.
- 1.1(Of a word) have (something) as its signification in the same language or its equivalent in another language: its name means ‘painted rock’ in CherokeeMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Lenin named his small movement the Bolsheviks, a word meaning majority.
- The word once meant the description of a work of visual art within a poem, but has come to mean poetic description more generally.
- The word also means a narrowing of the eyes so that you can get a clearer view, and an affliction where the eyes are not in line.
- 1.2Genuinely intend to express (something): when she said that she meant itMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Mike had the feeling that, deep down inside, she genuinely meant it.
- ‘Thank you,’ she said, and the genuine look in her eyes told me that she really meant it.
- ‘I'm glad to hear it,’ he replied, and the genuine smile he gave me let me know he meant it.
- 1.3 (mean something to) Be of a specified degree of importance to (someone): animals have always meant more to him than peopleMás ejemplos en oraciones
- They had always meant a lot to her, she couldn't explain it.
- This woman means a lot to me and I intend to make sure she's taken care of.
- But it still means a lot to the few people watching.
- 2Intend (something) to occur or be the case: they mean no harm [with infinitive]: it was meant to be a secretMás ejemplos en oraciones
- It's strange how someone can know there was a time quite recent you meant them harm, and still hold no grudge.
- You can come with me to the Temple if you promise that you mean his girl no harm.
- Fear rushed through him and he prayed that the person meant them no harm.
- 2.1 (be meant to do something) Be supposed to do something: we were meant to go over yesterdayMás ejemplos en oraciones
- She didn't know where this place was that supposedly they were meant to go to, and because of that tried to push the thought out of her hyperactive head.
- My first week passed in a blur, mainly caused by my confusion about what I was meant to do and not knowing who everyone was.
- At first he sang mostly for the workers in the factories where he also was meant to be working.
- 2.2 (often be meant for) Design or destine for a particular purpose: the jacket was meant for a much larger personMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I told him that garlic dipping sauce was meant for the sole purpose of dipping!
- The Marble Falls design is meant for business users, with two flat-screen displays and a small chassis.
- We wondered who the oversize sign was meant for.
- 2.3 (mean something by) Have something as a motive or explanation in saying or doing: what do you mean by leaving me out here in the cold?Más ejemplos en oraciones
matter, have importance, have significance, be important, be significant; have an input on
- I mean many things by this, which I hope to explore in the coming weeks and months.
- I meant no harm by my remark, but remember he's only a novice.
- They assured me that they meant no offense by this.
- 3Have as a consequence or result: the proposals are likely to mean another hundred closures [with clause]: heavy rain meant that the pitch was waterloggedMás ejemplos en oraciones
- He said the Danish result was likely to mean that Britain would not join the EMU as early as had originally been anticipated.
- This is likely to mean a greater spend on advertising and promotional activities.
- About 200 people are expected to turn up in all, and the popularity means this is likely to become a regular event.
- 3.1Necessarily or usually entail or involve: coal stoves mean a lot of smokeMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Either way, being a performer meant being involved in the compositional process.
- A day out in Edinburgh does usually mean walking around the city, but suppose we just stayed in-doors.
- Used to explain or correct a statement: I mean, it’s not as if I owned propertyMás ejemplos en oraciones
- By today, I mean the date at the bottom of the page, not the day I'm writing this, or whenever you may be reading it.
- She had four children, so I mean obviously four times she did have some kind of bodily intimacy.
- I saw this in a full theatre and when the unloaded gun is fired, everybody and I mean everybody moaned.
- Be in earnest: the border is sealed by troops who mean businessMás ejemplos en oraciones
- When it came to books, Ms. Hensley meant business.
- Well, it didn't take long for us to realize they meant business, and they started clearing stuff up right away.
- He thought we were playing some sort of silly joke on him, but we meant business.
mean to say
- [usually in questions] Used to emphasize a statement or to ask another if they really intend to say something: do you mean to say you’ve uncovered something new?Más ejemplos en oraciones
- What you mean to say is that you intend to resist doing so, which I already knew.
- I don't necessarily mean to say that I feel that's right.
- But just because 3 million people buy driving games every year, it doesn't mean to say that they're right.
- Have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out: he means well and is anxious to rule wiselyMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The woman meant well, but always ended up criticising every little thing I did.
- ‘She always means well,’ Harry muttered in reply.
- Devon always means well, he doesn't like to hurt people.
Old English mænan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch meenen and German meinen, from an Indo-European root shared by mind.
- 1chiefly British Unwilling to give or share things, especially money; not generous: she felt mean not giving a tip they’re not mean with the garlicMás ejemplos en oraciones
miserly, niggardly, close-fisted, parsimonious, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, ungenerous, penurious, illiberal, close, grasping, greedy, avaricious, acquisitive, Scrooge-like; Australian/New Zealand & Scottish miserableAustralian • informal hungryBritish • vulgar slang tight-arse, tight-arsed, tight as a duck's arse• archaic near, niggard
- And if you keep being so mean with the price, people might be so angry about it, and they might even burn things down.
- They were horrible - greedy and interfering, and mean and small-minded.
- 2Unkind, spiteful, or unfair: I was mean to them over the festive seasonMás ejemplos en oraciones
unkind, nasty, spiteful, foul, malicious, malevolent, despicable, contemptible, obnoxious, vile, odious, loathsome, disagreeable, unpleasant, unfriendly, uncharitable, shabby, unfair, callous, cruel, vicious, base, low• vulgar slang shitty
- She didn't know why, but for some reason she couldn't be spiteful or mean to this man anymore.
- That was probably why he had been so horribly mean to Conner in his room earlier.
- She didn't mean to be mean and cruel but things slip once in while, things she can't control.
- 2.1North American Vicious or aggressive in behaviour: the dogs were considered mean, vicious, and a threatMás ejemplos en oraciones
- This person was also abusive, mean and vicious.
- He was perfect in his stall but when he was on the track, he was mean and vicious.
- Eventually, we learn that Monica is a mean, vicious vamp who places men under her power with a combination of humiliation and flabby thighs.
- 4 • informal Very skilful or effective; excellent: he’s a mean cook she dances a mean tangoMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I see someone funny and sweet who cooks a mean steak and does a lousy John Wayne impression.
- We opt for number two, and discover the dipso cooks a mean cheese omelette.
- Day has an incredibly luminous screen presence, and in every scene they share, she matches Cagney's swagger with a mean strut of her own.
- Used in reference to a socially deprived area of a city, or one which is noted for violence and crime: the mean streets of the South BronxMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Because of his football prowess, David leaves the mean streets of the city behind to attend St. Matthews, an elite prep school in an ideal New England pastoral setting.
- His New York is instantly recognisable, from the famous skyline to the dirty, mean streets.
- Raised on the mean streets of New York, Nellie McKay is a jazz sensation who also raps.
no mean ——
- Denoting something very good of its kind: a profit that crossed the £100 million barrier was no mean achievementMás ejemplos en oraciones
- This small publisher, which brings out eight new titles a year, has made a name for itself and has had three of its books read or adapted on BBC Radio Four - no mean achievement.
- Physically imposing and capable of more than one facial expression, he even holds his own in the fight scenes, no mean feat given the martial calibre of the cast.
- This is no mean feat, considering the size and relative complexity of the cast.
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- ‘You first,’ he said meanly as he prepared to fire.
- ‘I knew you weren't as good as you said,’ Heather said meanly.
- ‘Um, sorry’ she said lamely and some classmates chuckled meanly.
Middle English, shortening of Old English gemǣne, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin communis 'common'. The original sense was 'common to two or more people', later 'inferior in rank', leading to (sense 3) and a sense 'ignoble, small-minded', from which (sense 1) and (sense 2) (which became common in the 19th century) arose.
- 1The value obtained by dividing the sum of several quantities by their number; an average: acid output was calculated by taking the mean of all three samples See also arithmetic mean, geometric mean.Más ejemplos en oraciones
- The price may rise and fall, but the average mean is what the cost will turn out to be.
- Centering consists of subtracting the sample mean from each independent variable.
- The means and coefficients of variation of output and input variables are reported in Table 1.
adjetivo[attributive] Volver al principio
- 1(Of a quantity) calculated as a mean; average: participants in the study had a mean age of 35 yearsMás ejemplos en oraciones
- In dealing with commodities such as butter, we recognize patterns in charts and calculate the mean average over a period of time.
- To control for the professional experience of the firm's founding team, I calculated the mean age for the set of founders for each law firm.
- Following convention, quantity terms were normalized using the data means to have mean values of one.
Middle English: from Old French meien, from Latin medianus 'middle' (see median).