One entry found for mean.
Main Entry: 2mean
Pronunciation: primarystressmemacronn
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): meant /primarystressment/; mean·ing /primarystressmemacron-nieng/
Etymology: Old English m[AE]nan "to have in mind, intend"
1 a : to have as a purpose : INTEND <I mean to go> b : to intend for a particular purpose or use <a book meant for children>
2 : to serve to communicate, show, or indicate : SIGNIFY <what do these words mean> <those clouds mean rain>
3 : to be important to a specified degree <health means everything to us>
- mean business : to be in earnest


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