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English adjective: mean

1. mean approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value

SamplesThe average income in New England is below that of the nation.
Of average height for his age.
The mean annual rainfall.



Domain categorystatistics

Antonymsabnormal, unnatural

2. mean characterized by malice

SamplesA hateful thing to do.
In a mean mood.


Similarawful, nasty


3. mean having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality

SamplesThat liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble.
Taking a mean advantage.
Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort.
Something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics.

Synonymsbase, meanspirited



4. mean excellent

SamplesFamous for a mean backhand.


Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular


5. mean marked by poverty befitting a beggar

SamplesA beggarly existence in the slums.
A mean hut.




6. mean (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity

SamplesA mean person.
He left a miserly tip.

Synonymsmingy, miserly, tight

Similarstingy, ungenerous


7. mean (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt


Similarstingy, ungenerous


8. mean of no value or worth

SamplesI was caught in the bastardly traffic.




English noun: mean

1. mean (cognition) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

Synonymsmean value

Broader (hypernym)average, norm

Narrower (hyponym)arithmetic mean, expectation, expected value, first moment, geometric mean, harmonic mean

Domain categorystatistics

English verb: mean

1. mean (communication) mean or intend to express or convey

SamplesYou never understand what I mean!.
What do his words intend?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)convey

Narrower (hyponym)aim, aim, drive, get, import, represent, signify, spell, stand for, symbolise, symbolize, typify

2. mean (stative) have as a logical consequence

SamplesThe water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers.

Synonymsentail, imply

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)necessitate

3. mean (communication) denote or connote

Samples`maison' means `house' in French.
An example sentence would show what this word means.

Synonymsintend, signify, stand for

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)denote, refer

Verb groupsignify

4. mean (cognition) have in mind as a purpose

SamplesI mean no harm.
I only meant to help you.
She didn't think to harm me.
We thought to return early that night.

ExamplesThey mean to move

Synonymsintend, think

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)aim, be after, design, plan, propose, purport, purpose

5. mean (stative) have a specified degree of importance

SamplesMy ex-husband means nothing to me.
Happiness means everything.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

6. mean (cognition) intend to refer to

SamplesI'm thinking of good food when I talk about France.
Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!.

Synonymshave in mind, think of

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)associate, colligate, connect, link, link up, relate, tie in

Narrower (hyponym)advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer

7. mean (cognition) destine or designate for a certain purpose

SamplesThese flowers were meant for you.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)designate, destine, intend, specify

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