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American English: /min/
British English: /miːn/

transitive verb past tense & past participle 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 quiera
    to mean something to somebodydoes 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
    Example 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.
    Example 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.
  • 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 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? I mean, what a nerve! (British English)
    ¡pero qué descaro!
    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.
    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
  • 3 (equal, entail) 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 moda
    to mean -ingif 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
    Example sentences
    • 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) he didn't mean (you) any harm
    no quiso hacerte daño
    no lo hizo por mal
    to mean to + infinitiveI 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 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 somebody/something to + infinitiveshe 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 + infinitive (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 (British English)
    (se suponía que) tenía que estar allí a las seis

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mean 2
American English: /min/
British English: /miːn/

adjective

  • 2 2.1 (unkind, nasty) 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 [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    2.2 (excellent)
    (especially American English) [slang]
    genial
    fantástico
    he makes a mean guacamole
    hace un guacamole genial or fantástico
    hace 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.
  • 3 (inferior, humble) (dwelling/peasant) [literary] that's no mean feat/achievement
    no es poca cosa
    no es moco de pavo [colloquial]
    she's no mean swimmer
    es una excelente nadadora
    es una nadadora de primera

adverb

  • (American English) [colloquial] [dialect]they treated us real mean
    nos trataron muy mal
    he acts so mean
    es tan malo

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mean 3
American English: /min/
British English: /miːn/

noun

  • arithmetic/geometric mean
    media aritmética/geométrica
    see alsomeans
    Example 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.

adjective

  • (before noun) the mean annual rainfall
    la precipitación pluvial media anual
    la media anual de lluvia
    Example 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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