transitive verb past tense & past participle meant
- 1 (represent, signify) what does this word mean?this sign means stop¿qué significa or qué quiere decir esta palabra?dark clouds mean rainesta señal quiere decir or significa que debes pararthat means troublelos nubarrones son señal de lluviain a competitive market, price means everythingeso quiere decir que va a haber problemasthat doesn't mean (that) he doesn't love youen un mercado competitivo, el precio lo es todoto mean somethingeso no quiere decir que no te quiera
tosomebodydoes the number 0296 mean anything to you?fame means nothing/a lot to her¿el número 0296 te dice algo?my children mean the world to mela fama la tiene sin cuidado/es muy importante para ellamis hijos lo son todo or son muy importantes para míExample sentences
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (refer to, intend to say)(person)what do you mean?do you mean (to say) that … ?¿qué quieres decir (con eso)?I'm in a difficult situation, if you know what I mean¿quieres decir que … ?I know exactly what you mean that's not what I meantmi situación es difícil ¿me entiendes or comprendes?he's Swedish, I mean, Swissno es eso lo que quise decirI know who you meanes sueco, (qué) digo, suizoI don't know which one he meantya sé de quién hablas or a quién te refiereswhat do you mean you can't go?no sé a cuál se referíawhat's that supposed to mean? I mean, what a nerve! (British English)¿cómo que no puedes ir?2.2 (be serious about)¡pero qué descaro!I mean what I say!decir en seriodon't worry, he didn't mean it¡va or lo digo en serio!Example sentences
- 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.
- 3 (equal, entail) this means I can't take the day offbeing 40 doesn't mean I can't wear fashionable clothes any moreesto significa que no me puedo tomar el día libreto mean(el) que tenga 40 años no quiere decir que ya no me pueda vestir a la moda
-ingif we can't find it here, it means going into townthat would mean repainting the kitchensi no lo encontramos aquí, vamos a tener que ir al centroeso supondría or implicaría que habría que volver a pintar la cocinaExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 4 4.1 (intend) See examples: he didn't mean (you) any harmto mean to +no quiso hacerte dañono lo hizo por mal
infinitiveI mean to succeeddo you really mean to leave so early?mi intención es triunfarme propongo triunfarI'm sorry, I didn't mean to do that I didn't mean to make you cry¿realmente piensas salir tan temprano?I meant to do it but I forgotno fue mi intención hacerte llorarI've been meaning to talk to youtenía toda la intención de hacerlo pero me olvidéI don't mean to pry, but …hace tiempo que quiero hablar contigoto mean somebody/something to +no quiero pecar de entrometido pero … infinitiveshe meant me to tell youwe didn't mean it to end this wayquería que yo te lo dijeraI meant it to be a surpriseno fue nuestra intención que terminara asíI meant it as a complimentyo quería que fuera una sorpresawhat did you mean (by) hitting your brother like that?lo dije con la intención de halagarte ( or halagarla etc)quise hacerte ( or hacerle etc) un cumplidothe bullet was meant for me¿qué pretendías pegándole así a tu hermano?these spoons aren't meant for soupla bala iba dirigida a míwe were meant for each otherestas cucharas no son para sopa4.2to be meant to +estamos hechos el uno para el otro infinitive(supposed, intended)our love was not meant to beyou weren't meant to get the jobestaba escrito que nuestro amor era imposibleyou weren't meant to hear thatel trabajo no era para tiI was never meant to be a teacherno pensaron ( or pensé etc) que tú estarías escuchandothe money was meant to lastyo no estoy hecho para enseñaryo no tengo madera de profesorI was meant to be there at 6 o'clock (British English)se suponía que el dinero iba a durar(se suponía que) tenía que estar allí a las seis
- 1 (miserly)Example sentences
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (unkind, nasty) lend it to him, don't be so meanit was really mean of youpréstaselo, no seas maloyou were really mean to mefue una maldad (de tu parte)I was in a mean temperme trataste muy mal2.2 (excellent) he makes a mean guacamoleestaba de muy mal humor or genioestaba de un humor de perros [colloquial]hace un guacamole genial or fantásticohace un guacamole de puta madre (Spain) [vulgar]Example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- arithmetic/geometric meansee also → meansmedia aritmética/geométricaExample sentences
- 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.
- (before noun) the mean annual rainfallla precipitación pluvial media anualla media anual de lluviaExample sentences
- 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.
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