v. meant, mean•ing
1) to have in mind as one's purpose or intention; intend
2) to intend for a particular destiny:
They were meant for each other[/ex]
3) to intend to express or indicate:
What do you mean by “perfect”?[/ex]
4) to have as its sense or signification; signify
5) to bring, cause, or produce as a result:
Prosperity means peace[/ex]
6) to have the value of:
Money means everything to them[/ex]
7) to have specified intentions:
We meant well[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME menen, OE mǣnan, c. OFrisna, OSmēnian, OHG meinen II
[[t]min[/t]] adj. -er, -est
1) uncharitable; malicious:
a mean remark[/ex]
2) small-minded; ignoble:
mean motives[/ex]
3) stingy; miserly
4) inferior in quality or character
5) low in status:
mean servitors[/ex]
6) bad-tempered:
a mean horse[/ex]
7) excellent; topnotch:
plays a mean game of tennis[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; var. of imene, OE gemǣne common, inferior, c. OFrismēne, OHGgimeini, Go gamains; cf. common mean′ness, n. III
[[t]min[/t]] n.
1) Usu., means. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) an agency, instrument, or method used to attain an end
2) means
a) available resources, esp. money
b) considerable financial resources:
a person of means[/ex]
3) something midway between two extremes
a) a quantity having a value intermediate between the values of other quantities; an average, esp. the arithmetic mean
b) either the second or third term in a proportion of four terms
5) pho the middle term in a syllogism
6) occupying a middle position or intermediate place
Etymology: 1300–50; ME mene < AF, OF meen, var. of meien < L mediānus; see median

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