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meant

 (mĕnt)
v.
Past tense and past participle of mean1.

meant

(mɛnt)
vb
the past tense and past participle of mean1

mean1

(min)

v. meant, mean•ing. v.t.
1. to have in mind as one's purpose or intention; intend.
2. to intend for a particular destiny: They were meant for each other.
3. to intend to express or indicate: What do you mean by “perfect” ?
4. to have as its sense or signification; signify.
5. to bring, cause, or produce as a result: Prosperity means peace.
6. to have the value of: Money means everything to them.
v.i.
7. to have specified intentions: We meant well.
[before 900; Middle English menen, Old English mǣnan, c. Old Frisian mēna, Old Saxon mēnian, Old High German meinen]

mean2

(min)

adj. -er, -est.
1. uncharitable; malicious: a mean remark.
2. small-minded; ignoble: mean motives.
3. stingy; miserly.
4. inferior in quality or character.
5. low in status: mean servitors.
6. bad-tempered: a mean horse.
7. excellent; topnotch: plays a mean game of tennis.
[before 900; variant of imene, Old English gemǣne common, inferior, c. Old Frisian mēne, Old High German gimeini, Gothic gamains; compare common]
mean′ness, n.

mean3

(min)

n.
1. Usu., means. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) an agency, instrument, or method used to attain an end.
2. means,
a. available resources, esp. money.
b. considerable financial resources: a person of means.
3. something midway between two extremes.
4.
a. a quantity having a value intermediate between the values of other quantities; an average, esp. the arithmetic mean.
b. either the second or third term in a proportion of four terms.
5. the middle term in a syllogism.
adj.
6. occupying a middle position or intermediate place.
Idioms:
1. by all means, certainly.
2. by any means, in any way; at all.
3. by means of, by the agency of; through.
4. by no means, not at all.
[1300–50; Middle English mene < Anglo-French, Old French meen, variant of meien < Latin mediānus; see median]
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meant

adjective supposed, expected, required, intended Parties are meant to be fun.
Translations

meant

[ˈmɛnt]
pt
pp of mean
adj
(= intended) to be meant for → être destiné(e) à
a film meant for adults → un film destiné aux adultes
The tales were never meant for publication → Ces contes n'ont jamais été destinés à la publication.
(= supposed) to be meant to be → être censé(e) être
I was meant to be on holiday → J'étais censé être en vacances.
(= considered) to be meant to be → être censé(e) être
He's meant to be an expert → Il est censé être un expert.
References in classic literature ?
The word "Napoleon" means a certain individual; but we are asking, not who is the individual meant, but what is the relation of the word to the individual which makes the one mean the other.
To illustrate what is meant by "understanding" words and sentences, let us take instances of various situations.
If I'd meant that, I'd have said it,' said Humpty Dumpty.
I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you
Simonides, then, after the manner of poets, would seem to have spoken darkly of the nature of justice; for he really meant to say that justice is the giving to each man what is proper to him, and this he termed a debt.
By freedom is meant, under the present bourgeois conditions of production, free trade, free selling and buying.
It meant that he had been living rightly, but thinking wrongly.
I know he meant no harm, I never said he did; I know he is not a bad boy.
His physical strength and agility during the first days of his imprisonment were such that he seemed not to know what fatigue and sickness meant.
Certainly I do; and your mistake has been in supposing that an experiment which no few every-day married couples would be only too glad to try, was ever meant for two such love-birds as you.
There is no doubt but the kindly playwright had his conscience, and meant to make people think as well as laugh.
It is only in thinking back to there that I can realize how much they might always have meant to me.