When life gets hard and you want to give up, remember that life is full of ups and downs, and without the downs, the ups would mean nothing.
"What do you mean?" I asked, offended on Liddie's behalf.
This will mean more remand prisoners being held in police cells.
I mean practically how do you test for it?
But that does not mean it could not happen.
We don't mean that we never make mistakes.
He means well.
He means ill towards us.
VERB USES 动词用法
If you want to know what a word, code, signal, or gesture means, you want to know what it refers to or what its message is.
V n V that no cont
In modern Welsh, 'glas' means 'blue'...
What does 'evidence' mean?...
The red signal means you can shoot.
If you ask someone what they mean, you are asking them to explain exactly what or who they are referring to or what they are intending to say.
V n V that no cont
Do you mean me?...
Let me illustrate what I mean with an old story...
What do you think he means by that?...
I think he means that he does not want this marriage to turn out like his friend's.
If something means something to you, it is important to you in some way.
The idea that she witnessed this shameful incident meant nothing to him...
It would mean a lot to them to win.
If one thing means another, it shows that the second thing exists or is true.
V n V that no cont
An enlarged prostate does not necessarily mean cancer...
Just because he has a beard doesn't necessarily mean he's a hippy.
If one thing means another, the first thing leads to the second thing happening.
V n V that no cont
It would almost certainly mean the end of NATO...
Trade and product discounts can also mean big savings...
The change will mean that the country no longer has full diplomatic relations with other states.
If doing one thing means doing another, it involves doing the second thing.
Children universally prefer to live in peace and security, even if that means living with only one parent...
Managing well means communicating well.
If you say that you mean what you are saying, you are telling someone that you are serious about it and are not joking, exaggerating, or just being polite.
V n no cont
He says you're fired if you're not back at work on Friday. And I think he meant it...
He could see I meant what I said. So he took his fur coat and left.
If you say that someone meant to do something, you are saying that they did it deliberately.
V to-inf V n to-inf no cont
I didn't mean to hurt you...
If that sounds harsh, it is meant to...
Did you mean to leave your dog here?...
I can see why you believed my letters were threatening but I never meant them to be.
If you say that someone did not mean any harm, offence, or disrespect, you are saying that they did not intend to upset or offend people or to cause problems, even though they may in fact have done so.
V n no cont
I'm sure he didn't mean any harm...
I didn't mean any offence. It was a flippant, off-the-cuff remark.
If you mean to do something, you intend or plan to do it.
V to-inf no cont
Summer is the perfect time to catch up on the new books you meant to read...
You know very well what I meant to say...
I mean to look after my body.
If you say that something was meant to happen, you believe that it was made to happen by God or fate, and did not just happen by chance.
John was constantly reassuring me that we were meant to be together.
You say 'I mean' when making clearer something that you have just said.
PHR with cl SPOKEN 口语
It was his idea. Gordon's, I mean...
Is something upsetting you—I mean, apart from this business?
You can use 'I mean' to introduce a statement, especially one that justifies something that you have just said.
PHR with cl SPOKEN 口语
I'm sure he wouldn't mind. I mean, I was the one who asked him...
They were filled with racial stereotypes, I mean, it looked like something from the 1930s.
You say I mean when correcting something that you have just said.
PHR with cl SPOKEN 口语
It was law or classics—I mean English or classics.
If you know what it means to do something, you know everything that is involved in a particular activity or experience, especially the effect that it has on you.
I know what it means to lose a child under such tragic circumstances.
If a name, word, or phrase means something to you, you have heard it before and you know what it refers to.
'Oh, Gairdner,' he said, as if that meant something to him...
Does the word 'Fareham' mean anything to anyone?
有人对 Fareham 这个词有印象吗？
If you say that someone means well, you mean they are trying to be kind and helpful, even though they might be causing someone problems or upsetting them.
I know you mean well, but I can manage by myself.
You use 'you mean' in a question to check that you have understood what someone has said.
PHR with cl
What accident? You mean Christina's?...
'What if I had said no?' 'About the apartment, you mean?'
ADJECTIVE USES 形容词用法
If you describe someone as mean, you are being critical of them because they are unwilling to spend much money or to use very much of a particular thing.
disapproval mainly BRIT 主英
Don't be mean with fabric, otherwise curtains will end up looking skimpy.
This very careful attitude to money can sometimes border on meanness.
If you describe an amount as mean, you are saying that it is very small.
disapproval BRIT 英
...the meanest grant possible from the local council.
If someone is being mean, they are being unkind to another person, for example by not allowing them to do something.
usu v-link ADJ
The little girls had locked themselves in upstairs because Mack had been mean to them...
I'd feel mean saying no.
He had been behaving very meanly to his girlfriend.
If you describe a person or animal as mean, you are saying that they are very bad-tempered and cruel.
mainly AM 主美
...the meanest fighter in the world.
If you describe a place as mean, you think that it looks poor and dirty.
usu ADJ n
He was raised on the mean streets of the central market district of Panama City.
You can use mean in expressions such as 'He plays a mean trumpet' and 'She mixes a mean cocktail' to indicate that someone does something extremely well.
ADJ n approval INFORMAL 非正式
He cooks a mean salmon...
Marge played a mean game of tennis.
You can use no mean in expressions such as 'no mean writer' and 'no mean golfer' to indicate that someone does something well.
PHR n approval INFORMAL 非正式
She was no mean performer on a variety of other instruments...
Moreover, Ramsay was no mean thinker himself.
You can use no mean in expressions such as 'no mean achievement' and 'no mean task' to indicate that someone has done something they deserve to be proud of.
To destroy 121 enemy aircraft is no mean record...
Repton reached the final, and since around 1,500 schools entered the competition, that was no mean achievement.
NOUN USE 名词用法
The mean is a number that is the average of a set of numbers.
Take a hundred and twenty values and calculate the mean.
...the mean score for 26-year-olds.
In this poem the budding flower means youth.
The sign means that cars cannot enter.
本意是, 原意为; 意味
When we say yes, we mean it.
I did not mean you.
These new orders for our manufactures will mean working overtime.
He means you no harm.
He that promises too much means nothing.
I mean to stay here, if I can.
I mean this house for my daughter.
In running a company, strict financial management means everything.
I must tell you that I mean what I say.
I was never meant for the army.
He means his son to be a doctor.
He is a mean man.
Her husband is rather mean over money matters.
He's too mean to make a donation.
He took a mean advantage of me.
Corruption and bribery are mean.
It was mean of her to say that.
The mean temperature of this area is 33 degrees in summer.
He is a man of mean birth.
What you do first is to calculate the mean.
It's a question of finding the mean between too lenient treatment and too severe punishment.
1. an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
1. mean or intend to express or convey;
- " "You never understand what I mean!" "
- " "what do his words intend?" "
2. have as a logical consequence;
- " "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers" "
3. denote or connote;
- " "`maison' means `house' in French" "
- " "An example sentence would show what this word means" "
4. 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" "
5. have a specified degree of importance;
- " "My ex-husband means nothing to me" "
- " "Happiness means everything" "
6. 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!" "
7. destine or designate for a certain purpose;
- " "These flowers were meant for you" "
1. 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" "
2. characterized by malice;
- " "a hateful thing to do" "
- " "in a mean mood" "
3. 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" "
- " "famous for a mean backhand" "
5. marked by poverty befitting a beggar;
- " "a beggarly existence in the slums" "
- " "a mean hut" "
6. used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity;
- " "a mean person" "
- " "he left a miserly tip" "
7. used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt
used to clarify or correct a statement or to introduce a justification or explanation 我想，我说，我的意思是（用于澄清或纠正，或用于提出理由、解释）
I mean, it's not as if I owned property.
be in earnest 认真，热心
mean to say
[usu. in questions]really admit or intend to say 意思是说；想说
do you mean to say you've uncovered something new?.
have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out 用意是好的，初衷是好的
used in reference to a socially deprived area of a city, or one which is noted for violence and crime 贫民街区；治安混乱的城区
the mean streets of the South Bronx.
no mean —
denoting something very good of its kind 很好的，很棒的
it was no mean feat.
To be in earnest. 急切，迫切
by all means
Without fail; certainly. 当然；当然可以
by any means
In any way possible; in any case 用尽各种可能的办法；无论如何
not by any means an easy opponent.
by means of
With the use of; owing to 使用；由于
They succeeded by means of patience and sacrifice.
by no means
In no sense; certainly not 并没有；绝不
This remark by no means should be taken lightly.
- 1. max meau maxmmum 平均最大数
- 2. mean maximum temperature 平均最高温度
Mean green won out over neighborhood purity in the end.
mean as a louse
He's as mean as a louse with money matters.
Old English mænan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch meenen and German meinen, from an Indo-European root shared by mind
Middle English, shortening of Old English gemǣne, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin communis 'common'. The original sense was 'common to two or more persons', later 'inferior in rank', leading to sense 3 and a sense 'ignoble, small-minded', from which senses 1 and 2 (which became common in the 19th cent.) arose
Middle English: from Old French meien, from Latin medianus 'middle' (see median)