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  • of no value or worth
    • I was caught in the bastardly traffic
  • (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
  • (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
    • a mean person
    • he left a miserly tip
  • marked by poverty befitting a beggar
    • a beggarly existence in the slums
    • a mean hut
  • excellent
    • famous for a mean backhand
  • 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
  • characterized by malice
    • a hateful thing to do
    • in a mean mood
  • 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
  • an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
  • destine or designate for a certain purpose
    • These flowers were meant for you
  • 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!
  • have a specified degree of importance
    • My ex-husband means nothing to me
    • Happiness means everything
  • 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
  • denote or connote
    • `maison' means `house' in French
    • An example sentence would show what this word means
  • have as a logical consequence
    • The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers
  • mean or intend to express or convey
    • You never understand what I mean!
    • what do his words intend?
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