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Dictionary definition for: Mean

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

2. (v) mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!" "what do his words intend?"

3. (v) have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

4. (s) characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do" "in a mean mood"

5. (v) denote or connote; "maison" means "house" in French" "An example sentence would show what this word means"

6. (s) having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage" "chok''d with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulga

7. (v) have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm" "I only meant to help you" "She didn''t think to harm me" "We thought to return early that night"

8. (s) excellent; "famous for a mean backhand"

9. (v) have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me" "Happiness means everything"

10. (s) marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums" "a mean hut"

11. (v) intend to refer to; "I''m thinking of good food when I talk about France" "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"

12. (s) used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person" "he left a miserly tip"

13. (v) destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you"

14. (s) used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt

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