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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mean, mean value(adj)

    an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

    Synonyms:
    mean value

    Antonyms:
    generous, unnatural, estimable, rich, nice, abnormal, noble, unskilled

  2. average, mean(a)(adj)

    approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value

    "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall"

    Antonyms:
    unnatural, unskilled, rich, generous, abnormal, nice, noble, estimable

  3. hateful, mean(adj)

    characterized by malice

    "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"

    Synonyms:
    bastardly, miserly, mean(a), base, beggarly, mingy, meanspirited, tight, hateful, average

    Antonyms:
    unnatural, nice, abnormal, rich, noble, generous, estimable, unskilled

  4. base, mean, meanspirited(adj)

    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 vulgar and meanspirited in politics"

    Synonyms:
    hateful, tight, mingy, basal, ungenerous, mean(a), humble, base, lowly, average, baseborn, meanspirited, bastardly, beggarly, immoral, miserly

    Antonyms:
    unskilled, generous, rich, estimable, noble, nice, unnatural, abnormal

  5. mean(adj)

    excellent

    "famous for a mean backhand"

    Synonyms:
    bastardly, tight, mean(a), base, beggarly, mingy, miserly, meanspirited, hateful, average

    Antonyms:
    abnormal, estimable, noble, rich, unnatural, unskilled, generous, nice

  6. beggarly, mean(adj)

    marked by poverty befitting a beggar

    "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"

    Synonyms:
    bastardly, miserly, mean(a), base, beggarly, mingy, meanspirited, tight, hateful, average

    Antonyms:
    abnormal, rich, unnatural, nice, noble, generous, estimable, unskilled

  7. mean, mingy, miserly, tight(adj)

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

    "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"

    Synonyms:
    close, pissed, blind drunk, base, mean(a), besotted, slopped, rigorous, mingy, blotto, average, squiffy, pixilated, hateful, cockeyed, crocked, fuddled, tight, soused, compressed, meanspirited, sozzled, taut, nasty, plastered, miserly, stiff, stringent, pie-eyed, bastardly, sloshed, smashed, soaked, loaded, wet, beggarly

    Antonyms:
    generous, unnatural, noble, abnormal, estimable, rich, nice, unskilled

  8. beggarly, mean(adj)

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

    Synonyms:
    bastardly, miserly, mean(a), base, beggarly, mingy, meanspirited, tight, hateful, average

    Antonyms:
    abnormal, rich, noble, generous, nice, unskilled, unnatural, estimable

  9. bastardly, mean(verb)

    of no value or worth

    "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"

    Synonyms:
    bastardly, misbegot, mean(a), misbegotten, hateful, miserly, spurious, beggarly, base, mingy, meanspirited, tight, average

    Antonyms:
    generous, noble, abnormal, rich, nice, unnatural, estimable, unskilled

  10. mean, intend(verb)

    mean or intend to express or convey

    "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"

    Synonyms:
    intend, stand for, designate, entail, specify, have in mind, destine, signify, think, imply, think of

    Antonyms:
    estimable, unnatural, abnormal, unskilled, generous, noble, rich, nice

  11. entail, imply, mean(verb)

    have as a logical consequence

    "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

    Synonyms:
    intend, incriminate, involve, implicate, inculpate, entail, have in mind, connote, stand for, signify, fee-tail, think, imply, think of

    Antonyms:
    abnormal, estimable, unnatural, unskilled, rich, noble, nice, generous

  12. mean, intend, signify, stand for(verb)

    denote or connote

    "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"

    Synonyms:
    entail, signify, typify, hold still for, represent, destine, stand for, imply, symbolise, specify, have in mind, designate, think, correspond, think of, symbolize, intend

    Antonyms:
    unnatural, noble, generous, unskilled, abnormal, rich, nice, estimable

  13. intend, mean, think(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    entail, call back, signify, guess, recollect, imagine, consider, retrieve, call up, destine, reckon, suppose, stand for, imply, cogitate, specify, conceive, designate, think, cerebrate, recall, remember, think of, opine, have in mind, intend, believe

    Antonyms:
    abnormal, nice, generous, unnatural, estimable, noble, rich, unskilled

  14. mean(verb)

    have a specified degree of importance

    "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"

    Synonyms:
    intend, stand for, entail, have in mind, signify, think, imply, think of

    Antonyms:
    generous, unskilled, noble, estimable, rich, unnatural, nice, abnormal

  15. think of, have in mind, mean(verb)

    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!"

    Synonyms:
    entail, signify, think up, dream up, entertain, think about, repute, esteem, hatch, stand for, remember, concoct, have in mind, regard as, flirt with, look on, toy with, imply, look upon, think of, take to be, intend, think

    Antonyms:
    nice, rich, abnormal, generous, noble, unnatural, unskilled, estimable

  16. mean(verb)

    destine or designate for a certain purpose

    "These flowers were meant for you"

    Synonyms:
    intend, stand for, entail, have in mind, signify, think, imply, think of

    Antonyms:
    abnormal, unnatural, unskilled, rich, generous, nice, estimable, noble

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. mean(a)

    Synonyms:
    common, low, base, spiritless, dishonorable, contemptible, despicable, beggarly, sordid, vulgar, niggardly, vile

    Antonyms:
    high, exalted, eminent, spirited, honorable, lordly, princely, munificent, liberal, generous

  2. mean(a)

    Synonyms:
    middle, intermediate, average

    Antonyms:
    extreme, excessive, exorbitant

  3. mean(n)

    Synonyms:
    medium, moderation, balance, average

    Antonyms:
    extreme, excess, preponderance, disproportion, deficiency, shortcoming, inadequacy

  4. mean(v)

    Synonyms:
    intend, purpose, design, signify, denote, indicate, hint, suggest

    Antonyms:
    say, state, enunciate, execute, perform

Editors Contribution

  1. cuvitch

    someone who does not share

    don’t be such a cuvitch

    Submitted by anonymous on December 28, 2020  
  2. macabre

    not so nice.

    "why are you so mean mother ginger!"

    Submitted by rinat on August 19, 2019  
  3. thin lipped

    the thin lipped person is often portrayed in literature as a mean minded person

    Submitted by annpaterson on January 1, 2020  
  4. trundling

    to be a savage or loud

    he was trundling through the depths of the mud

    Submitted by anonymous on May 3, 2020  
  5. underbred

    bad mannered, rude.

    the dog was weak and underbred.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 29, 2020  

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "mean":

    average, means, say, tell, imply, medium-sized, medium, signify, averages, entail, involve

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. mean

    Synonyms:
    µ, x-bar

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How to use mean in a sentence?

  1. Steve Roberts:

    They’re morally tainted, i mean, there’s just no question about that.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Nothing in our lives is arbitrary. I mean everything happens for a reason. That is to say alternatively, whatever you are experiencing presently is not coincidental and cannot be. Because, even the scripture says that everything works together for good of them that love God (Romans 8:28). Now that implies evidently, nothing goes for nothing in our lives or rather nothing happens for nothing. In other words, there is always a reasonable reason behind everything that happens in our lives. So come on, relax and never be bothered even if your present life seems ordinary to you. God can still use your ordinary life to bring extraordinary blessings into your life. Oh! yes, he (God) can do just that, only believe undoubtedly. -Emeasoba George

  3. David Sischo:

    I mean, hes the last of his kind. ... To have that last individual perish under your watch, its pretty depressing.

  4. Chas Roy-Chowdhury:

    Just because the UK says the DPT is not Corporation Tax, this does not mean that other jurisdictions will accept it as such.

  5. Donald Trump:

    The media was not treating statements fairly. I mean they would chop them up and shorten the statement, and it didn’t sound proper, or it didn't sound as good when they did that, it was very unfair, now I’m doing it a little bit differently.


Translations for mean

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  • خسيس, لئيم, عنى, تعنيArabic
  • significar, voler dir, pretendre, mitjana, migCatalan, Valencian
  • znamenat, plánovat, chtít, aritmetický průměr, prostředekCzech
  • betyde, mene, middelDanish
  • mittelmäßig, gemein, böse, bedeuten, beabsichtigen, meinen, Mittel, Mittel-German
  • άγριος, άθλιος, κακός, μέσος όρος, μέσοςGreek
  • kruela, malafabla, malbonkvalita, voli diri, signifi, intenci, rimedo, mezaEsperanto
  • malo, malvado, tacaño, desconsiderado, inferior, formidable, mezquino, cruel, producir, decir en serio, pretender, significar, querer decir, proponer, resultar, intentar, medio, media, recurso, reclamar, apiadarse, compadecerse, lamentarse, significaráSpanish
  • anker, gaiztoBasque
  • میانهPersian
  • ilkeä, tarkoittaa, tietää, merkitä, aikoa, väline, keskiarvo, tapa, keino, keski-Finnish
  • cruel, inférieur, méchant, inférieure, signifier, vouloir dire, avoir l'intention, moyenne, moyenFrench
  • ciallaich, meadhan, cuibheas, cuibheasachdScottish Gaelic
  • התכוון, אמצעיHebrew
  • jelentHungarian
  • միջինArmenian
  • significar, ressource, media, medio, medieInterlingua
  • rata-rataIndonesian
  • meina, ætla, þýða, meðaltal, hreint meðaltal, innliður, milliliður, venjulegt meðaltalIcelandic
  • inferiore, eccellente, violento, formidabile, insignificante, meschino, favoloso, ignobile, maligno, potente, taccagno, avaro, gretto, malevolo, fantastico, furioso, sgarbato, mediocre, spilorcio, cattivo, voler dire, intendere, avere l'intenzione, significare, volere, portare, mezzo, media, medioItalian
  • 卑劣, 悪い, 腹黒い, 汚い, 劣る, 卑しい, 意地悪, 厄介, するつもり, 意味, 意図, 平均値, 平均, 平均的Japanese
  • 의미하다Korean
  • ناهه‌موارKurdish
  • volo, significo, indicō, habeo in animoLatin
  • reikštiLithuanian
  • nekrietns, zemisksLatvian
  • minMalay
  • gemeen, boosaardig, minderwaardig, bedoelen, betekenen, willen, menen, willen zeggen, van plan zijn, middel, gemiddelde, gemiddeldDutch
  • betyNorwegian
  • chcieć, znaczyćPolish
  • inferior, maldoso, formidável, terrível, excelente, ruim, mesquinho, tacanho, cruel, avarento, mau, ótimo, tencionar, falar sério, representar, significar, querer dizer, indicar, querer, pretender, média, alto, passo, recurso, meio, lamentar, compadecer-se, apiedar-se, médio, mediano, reclamarPortuguese
  • a vrea să spună, indica, gândi, vrea, a semnifica, avea intenția, am convingerea, însemna, mediu, medie, mijlocRomanian
  • зло́бный, злой, по́длый, означа́ть, думать, име́ть в виду́, зна́чить, намерева́ться, собира́ться, сре́днее, сре́дство, сре́днийRussian
  • elak, usel, gemen, innebära, mena, betyda, syfta på, tänka, genomsnitt, medelvärde, genomsnittlig, medel-Swedish
  • viomboSwahili
  • నాణ్యత లేని, కారణమగుట, భయంకరమైన, దురుసు, కష్ట సాధ్యము, స్వార్ధము, శక్తివంతమైన, పాడుచేయు, అనుకోవడము, అనుకొనుట, ఫలితము, అర్ధం ఏమిటి, పధకము వేయు, పూర్తి అయిందిTelugu
  • หมายความ, ตั้งใจ, หมายถึงThai
  • cimri, yolTurkish
  • nghĩa làVietnamese
  • 意味著Chinese

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