There are 4 translations of mean in Spanish:

mean1

Pronunciation: /miːn/

vt (past & past p meant)

  • 1 (represent, signify) [word/symbol] significar*, querer* decir what does this word mean? ¿qué significa or qué quiere decir esta palabra? this sign means stop esta señal quiere decir or significa que debes parar dark clouds mean rain los nubarrones son señal de lluvia that means trouble eso quiere decir que va a haber problemas in a competitive market, price means everything en un mercado competitivo, el precio lo es todo that doesn't mean (that) he doesn't love you eso no quiere decir que no te quierato mean sth to sb does the number 0296 mean anything to you? ¿el número 0296 te dice algo? fame means nothing/a lot to her la fama la tiene sin cuidado/es muy importante para ella my children mean the world to me mis hijos lo son todo or son muy importantes para mí
  • 2 2.1 (refer to, intend to say) [person] querer* decir what do you mean? ¿qué quieres decir (con eso)? do you mean (to say) that … ? ¿quieres decir que … ? I'm in a difficult situation, if you know what I mean mi situación es difícil ¿me entiendes or comprendes? I know exactly what you mean te entiendo perfectamente that's not what I meant no es eso lo que quise decir he's Swedish, I mean, Swiss es sueco, (qué) digo, suizo I know who you mean ya sé de quién hablas or a quién te refieres I don't know which one he meant no sé a cuál se refería what do you mean you can't go? ¿cómo que no puedes ir? what's that supposed to mean? ¿a qué viene eso? I mean, what a nerve! (BrE) ¡pero qué descaro! 2.2 (be serious about) decir* en serio I mean what I say! ¡va or lo digo en serio! don't worry, he didn't mean it no te preocupes, no lo dijo en serio
  • 3 (equal, entail) significar* this means I can't take the day off esto significa que no me puedo tomar el día libre being 40 doesn't mean I can't wear fashionable clothes any more (el) que tenga 40 años no quiere decir que ya no me pueda vestir a la modato mean -ing if we can't find it here, it means going into town si no lo encontramos aquí, vamos a tener que ir al centro that would mean repainting the kitchen eso supondría or implicaría que habría que volver a pintar la cocina
  • 4 4.1 (intend) he didn't mean (you) any harm no quiso hacerte daño, no lo hizo por malto mean to + inf I mean to succeed mi intención es triunfar, me propongo triunfar do you really mean to leave so early? ¿realmente piensas salir tan temprano? I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do that perdón, lo hice sin querer I didn't mean to make you cry no fue mi intención hacerte llorar I meant to do it but I forgot tenía toda la intención de hacerlo pero me olvidé I've been meaning to talk to you hace tiempo que quiero hablar contigo I don't mean to pry, but … no quiero pecar de entrometido pero …to mean sb/sth to + inf she meant me to tell you quería que yo te lo dijera we didn't mean it to end this way no fue nuestra intención que terminara así I meant it to be a surprise yo quería que fuera una sorpresa I meant it as a compliment lo dije con la intención de halagarte ( or halagarla etc), quise hacerte ( or hacerle etc) un cumplido what did you mean (by) hitting your brother like that? ¿qué pretendías pegándole así a tu hermano? the bullet was meant for me la bala iba dirigida a mí these spoons aren't meant for soup estas cucharas no son para sopa we were meant for each other estamos hechos el uno para el otro 4.2to be meant to + inf (supposed, intended) our love was not meant to be estaba escrito que nuestro amor era imposible you weren't meant to get the job el trabajo no era para ti you weren't meant to hear that no pensaron ( or pensé etc) que tú estarías escuchando I was never meant to be a teacher yo no estoy hecho para enseñar, yo no tengo madera de profesor the money was meant to last se suponía que el dinero iba a durar I was meant to be there at 6 o'clock (BrE) (se suponía que) tenía que estar allí a las seis

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Word of the day órbita
f
orbit …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.

There are 4 translations of mean in Spanish:

mean2

adj

  • 2 2.1 (unkind, nasty) malo lend it to him, don't be so mean préstaselo, no seas malo it was really mean of you fue una maldad (de tu parte) you were really mean to me me trataste muy mal I was in a mean temper estaba de muy mal humor or genio, estaba de un humor de perros [familiar/colloquial] 2.2 (excellent) (esp AmE) [slang/argot], genial, fantástico he makes a mean guacamole hace un guacamole genial or fantástico, hace un guacamole de puta madre (Esp) [vulgar]
  • 3 (inferior, humble) [dwelling/peasant] [literario/literary] humilde that's no mean feat/achievement no es poca cosa, no es moco de pavo [familiar/colloquial] she's no mean swimmer es una excelente nadadora, es una nadadora de primera
  • 4 [Math] (before n) medio the mean annual rainfall la precipitación pluvial media anual, la media anual de lluvia

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Word of the day órbita
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orbit …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.

There are 4 translations of mean in Spanish:

mean3

n

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Word of the day órbita
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orbit …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.

There are 4 translations of mean in Spanish:

mean4

adv

  • (AmE) [colloq & dial] they treated us real mean nos trataron muy mal he acts so mean es tan malo

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Word of the day órbita
f
orbit …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.