part of speech: verb

inflections: means, meaning, meant

definition 1: to have as a goal or purpose; intend.

  • I mean to leave soon.

synonyms: intend

definition 2: to intend to express.

  • What do you mean?

definition 3: to have a particular sense.

  • The word “tomorrow” means “the day after today.”

definition 4: to cause as a result.

  • The teacher’s arrival means recess is over.

definition 5: to have intentions or have in mind.

  • Carl means well, even though his actions don’t show it.

definition 6: to have a certain degree of importance.

  • She means a great deal to her friends.

part of speech: adjective

inflections: meaner, meanest

definition 1: not nice; nasty or cruel.

  • The mean wizard turned the children into toads.

synonyms: malicious, nasty

antonyms: kind, nice

definition 2: low in quality or poor in appearance.

  • The peasants lived in mean cottages far from the castle.

synonyms: base, inferior, poor, shabby

antonyms: grand

part of speech: noun

definition 1: something halfway between two extremes.

  • Can’t we find a mean between getting rid of the TV and watching TV five hours a day?

synonyms: medium

definition 2: the value that is found by dividing the sum of a set of numbers by the number of items added; average.

  • The mean of 3, 4, and 8 is 5.

synonyms: average

part of speech: adjective

definition: being between extremes or in the middle.

  • At five feet tall, Jane is above the mean height for girls in fifth grade.

synonyms: intermediate, medium, middle