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Definition of mean:

  1. A mediator; a go- between.
  2. A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.
  3. A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the square root of the product of the quantities.
  4. Average; having an intermediate value between two extremes, or between the several successive values of a variable quantity during one cycle of variation; as, mean distance; mean motion; mean solar day.
  5. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.
  6. Hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance.
  7. Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
  8. Meantime; meanwhile.
  9. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.
  10. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
  11. Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
  12. Penurious; stingy; close- fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.
  13. That through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument.
  14. That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure.
  15. To have a purpose or intention.
  16. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?
  17. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
  18. Wanting dignity of mind; low- minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.

Synonyms:

recollect, spurious, shameless, compressed, incriminate, taut, drive at, add up, villainous, pitiful, entertain, base, anticipate, mean-spirited, rigorous, soused, mean value, design, dishonorable, selfish, concoct, norm, instrumentation, small-minded, ignoble, smashed, stiff, rotten, shabby, cogitate, entail, scurrilous, meaning, recall, midway, intermediary, resource, lowly, asset, blackguard, infamous, wet, bad-tempered, toy with, represent, retrieve, fuddled, esteem, look on, ungenerous, typify, project, bastardly, touch on, instrumentality, flirt with, dishonorable, blotto, guess, instrument, deceitful, loaded, misbegot, mechanism, ornery, wealth, believe, degrading, sozzled, beggarly, unkind, think of, knavish, determine, ignominious, besotted, cerebrate, faithless, debased, hold still for, think about, symbolize, basal, conceive, think up, pie-eyed, unscrupulous, organ, target, spell, fraudulent, sordid, cockeyed, remember, have in mind, regard as, odious, intimate, fortune, wherewithal, discreditable, imagine, ill-tempered, misbegotten, take to be, agent, blind drunk, set apart, specify, humble, suggest, slopped, implicate, meanspirited, inculpate, sneaking, dream up, pissed, contemplate, crummy, sloshed, hatch, immoral, pixilated, edge, call back, stand for, close, unworthy, degraded, designate, mingy, soaked, suppose, crooked, express, planned, betoken, disagreeable, means, stringent, cerebrate, opine, owned, destine, reckon, baseborn, crocked, squiffy, par, correspond, abject, capital, malign, import, look upon, symbolise, repute, think, point to, shabby, fee-tail, involve, call up, purpose, agency, cruel, plastered.

Usage examples:

  • Do you mean that, Hiram?

    - "Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane", Roy Rockwood.
  • " I- oh, you can't mean it?

    - "The Miller Of Old Church", Ellen Glasgow.
  • What do you mean, 'what's with me?

    - "The Fourth R", George Oliver Smith.