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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. macabre

    not so nice.

    "why are you so mean mother ginger!"

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

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

    Submitted by annpaterson on January 1, 2020  
  3. trundling

    to be a savage or loud

    he was trundling through the depths of the mud

    Submitted by anonymous on May 3, 2020  
  4. 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:

    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. Rashida Tlaib:

    Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them, does not mean they aren't racist, and it is insensitive that some would even say -- the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in House Oversight Committee, is alone racist in itself.

  2. Helen Kathleen Tierney:

    Just because I'm painfully honest does not mean I'm right.

  3. Senator Booker:

    Look, I have this firm belief that if America hasn't broken your heart, you don't love her enough, and living in Newark for the last 20 years, I mean, I've been broken, shattered, have moments where I wanted to give up. And a lot of them have just involved the deaths of the ones I remember most, the ones that still hurt me, that reflect on the deaths of young black men.

  4. Jack Song:

    From my opinion, it doesn't matter whether it's from 370 or not, because it's just one piece of debris. Not the whole airplane. That doesn't mean anything. Doesn't tell where the plane is or what happened. We need the whole plane, and we need the exact place where the aircraft is.

  5. Bartlomiej Kubicki:

    If the project is cancelled this will be positive for both companies. What will happen to it? I think this will likely be changed into a gas-fuelled one, although this would mean a few years' delay.


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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