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mean /mi:n/
  • danh từ
    • khoảng giữa, trung độ, trung gian, trung dung
      • the happy mean; the holden mean: trung dung, chính sách chiết trung
    • (toán học) giá trị trung bình; số trung bình
    • (số nhiều) ((thường) dùng như số ít) phương tiện, kế, biện pháp, cách
      • means of living: kế sinh nhai
      • means of communication: phương tiện giao thông
    • (số nhiều) của, của cải, tài sản, khả năng (kinh tế)
      • he is a man of mean: ông ta là một người có của
      • means test: sự thẩm tra khả năng (trước khi trợ cấp)
    • by all means; by all manner of means
      • bằng đủ mọi cách, bằng bất cứ cách nào, bằng bất cứ giá nào
    • tất nhiên, dĩ nhiên, chắc chắn
    • by fair means or foul
      • bằng đủ mọi cách tốt hay xấu
    • by means of
      • bằng cách
    • by no means
      • by no means of means
        • chẳng chút nào, quyết không, hẳn không, tuyệt nhiên không
      • by some means or other
        • bằng cách này hay cách khác
    • tính từ
      • trung bình, vừa, ở giữa
        • a man of mean stature: người tầm vóc trung bình, người tầm thước
        • the mean annual temperature: độ nhiệt trung bình hằng năm
      • (toán học) trung bình
        • mean value theorem: định lý giá trị trung bình
    • tính từ
      • thấp kém, kém cỏi, tầm thường
        • to be no mean scholar: không phải là một thứ học giả tầm thường
      • tối tân, tiều tuỵ, tang thương, khốn khổ
        • a mean house in a mean street: một căn nhà tiều tuỵ trong một khu phố tồi tàn
      • hèn hạ, bần tiện, bủn xỉn
        • to be mean over money matters: bủn xỉn về vấn đề tiền nong
      • (thông tục) xấu hổ thầm
        • to feel mean: tự thấy xấu hổ
      • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ), (từ lóng) cừ, chiến
      • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ), (từ lóng) hắc búa
      • động từ meant /meant/
        • nghĩa là, có nghĩa là
          • these words mean nothing: những chữ này không có nghĩa gì hết
        • muốn nói
          • what do you mean?: ý anh muốn nói gì?
        • định, có ý định, muốn, có ý muốn
          • I mean to go early tomorrow: tôi định mai sẽ đi sớm
          • does he really mean to do it?: có thật nó có ý định làm cái đó không?
        • dự định, để cho, dành cho
          • I mean this for my son: tôi dự định cái này dành cho con trai tôi
        • có ý nghĩa lớn, đáng giá, đáng kể
          • your friendship means a great deal to me: tình bạn của anh có ý nghĩa rất lớn đối với tôi
        • to mean mischief
          • có ác ý
        • to mean well (kindly) by (to, towards) someone
          • có ý tốt đối với ai
        • what do you means by it?
          • làm sao anh chứng minh được điều đó
    Concise Dictionary
    meant|means|meaning|meaner|meanestmiːn
    noun
    +an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
    verb
    +mean or intend to express or convey
    +have as a logical consequence
    +denote or connote
    +have in mind as a purpose
    +have a specified degree of importance
    +intend to refer to
    +destine or designate for a certain purpose
    adj.
    +approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
    +characterized by malice
    +having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
    +excellent
    +marked by poverty befitting a beggar
    +(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
    +(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
    +of no value or worth

    Thesaurus Dictionary
    v.
    1 intend, design, purpose, plan, aim, have in mind, contemplate, have in view; want, wish, expect, hope; be motivated by, have as justification:
    I did mean to phone you but had no time. I am sure she meant nothing by her remark.
    2 denote, signify, indicate, note, specify, designate, represent, betoken, signal, carry, convey, drive at, refer to, allude to, communicate, express, bring out, get over or across; imply, suggest, connote, intimate, hint (at):
    What does 'canicular' mean?
    It depends on what you mean by 'liberty'.
    The footprints meant that someone had already been here
    3 portend, show, foretell, foreshadow, promise, presage, augur, herald:
    Those clouds mean that it will soon rain.
    4 carry or have the weight or significance or importance of:
    Money means little to someone in her circumstances.
    adj.
    1 stingy, miserly, tight, close, cheap, parsimonious, penurious, stinting, niggardly, penny-pinching, tight-fisted, close-fisted, mercenary, uncharitable, ungenerous, mean-spirited, unaccommodating, small, petty, Colloq near, money-grubbing, measly, Brit mingy:
    He is far too mean to buy anyone a Christmas present. It seems rather a mean contribution to the fund, given his wealth
    2 lowly, low, base, inferior, abject, menial, servile, degraded, degenerate, undignified, ignoble, plebeian, proletarian, modest, humble, common:
    He rose to a position of great power in spite of his mean background.
    3 disgraceful, run-down, poor, sorry, miserable, scruffy, seedy, scurvy, shabby, squalid, wretched, vile, mangy, sordid, contemptible, dismal, dreary, abysmal:
    They live in very mean circumstances.
    4 unkind, malicious, cruel, unaccommodating, disobliging:
    It was very mean of you to steal that toy from the baby.
    5 cantankerous, churlish, nasty, hostile, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, sour, unpleasant:
    That mean old lady would never even talk to us.
    6 excellent, wonderful, marvellous, great, exceptional, effective, skilful, skilled, Slang far-out, US bad:
    The saxophonist in that combo is one mean cat.
    n.
    1 average, middle, norm, (happy) medium:
    We are attempting to achieve the mean between the two extremes.
    2 by all means. a absolutely, definitely, certainly, surely, assuredly, of course, positively:
    By all means, do tell us what you think is wrong.
    (b) in any event, at all events, no matter what, without fail, at any cost, in any case:
    By all means, you must do what you think is right.
    3 by means of. by dint of, via, through, by way of, with the help or aid of, employing, using, utilizing:
    She gained access to her victims by means of the telephone directory. We entered by means of the front door
    4 means.
    (a) instrument, agency, method, process, technique, mode, manner, way(s), approach, course, procedure, avenue, medium, vehicle:
    If you can find the means, then get the job done at once.
    (b) resources, funds, money, wherewithal, capital, finances, backing, support:
    I wanted to go to Australia to see my brother, but I simply didn't have the means.
    (c) substance, wealth, property, position, financial stability:
    She is a woman of considerable means.
    5 by no means. by no manner of means, in no way, not at all, definitely or absolutely not, on no account, not conceivably, not in one's wildest dreams or fantasies, not by any stretch of the imagination, Colloq no way, US no way José:
    This is sometimes but by no means always the case. He is by no means a great artist.
    adj.
    6 middle, centre, intermediate, medial, medium, median, average, middling:
    The mean temperature for the year has increased.
    Advanced English Dictionary
    verb, adjective, noun
    + verb (meant, meant )
    have as meaning
    1 (not used in the progressive tenses) ~ sth (to sb) to have sth as a meaning
    Synonym: SIGNIFY
    [VN] What does this sentence mean? + What is meant by 'batch processing'? + Does the name 'David Berwick' mean anything to you (= do you know who he is)? + [V (that)] The flashing light means (that) you must stop.
    intend as meaning
    2 (not used in the progressive tenses) to intend to say sth on a particular occasion: [VN] What did he mean by that remark? + 'Perhaps we should try another approach.' 'What do you mean? (= I don't understand what you are suggesting.)' + What do you mean, you thought I wouldn't mind? (= of course I mind and I am very angry.) + What she means is that there's no point in waiting here. + I always found him a little strange, if you know what I mean (= if you understand what I mean by 'strange'). + I know what you mean (= I understand and feel sympathy). I hated learning to drive too. + (spoken) It was like-weird. Know what I mean? + I see what you mean (= I understand although I may not agree), but I still think it's worth trying. + See what I mean (= I was right and this proves it, doesn't it)? She never agrees to anything I suggest. + 'But Pete doesn't know we're here!' 'That's what I mean! (= that's what I have been trying to tell you.)' + Do you mean Ann Smith or Mary Smith? + [V (that)] Did he mean (that) he was dissatisfied with our service? + You mean (= are you telling me) we have to start all over again?
    have as purpose
    3 ~ sth (as sth)
    ~ what ...
    ~ sth for sb to have sth as a purpose or intention
    Synonym: INTEND
    [VN] What did she mean by leaving so early (= why did she do it)? + Don't be upset-I'm sure she meant it as a compliment. + He means what he says (= is not joking, exaggerating, etc.). + Don't laugh! I mean it (= I am serious). + Don't be angry. I'm sure she meant it for the best (= intended to be helpful). + He means trouble (= to cause trouble). + The chair was clearly meant for a child. + [V to inf] She means to succeed. + I'm sorry I hurt you. I didn't mean to. + [VN to inf] I didn't mean you to read the letter. + I'm feeling very guilty-I've been meaning to call my parents for days, but still haven't got around to it. + You're meant to (= you are supposed to) pay before you go in. + [V (that)] (formal) I never meant (that) you should come alone.
    intend sb to be / do sth
    4 [often passive] ~ sb for sth
    ~ sb to be sth to intend sb to be or do sth: [VN] I was never meant for the army (= did not have the qualities needed to become a soldier). + Philip and Kim were meant for each other (= are very suitable as partners). + [VN to inf] His father meant him to be an engineer. + She did everything to get the two of them together, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.
    have as result
    5 to have sth as a result or a likely result
    Synonym: ENTAIL
    [VN] Spending too much now will mean a shortage of cash next year. + [VN to inf] Do you have any idea what it means to be poor? + [V (that)] We'll have to be careful with money but that doesn't mean (that) we can't enjoy ourselves. + [V -ing] This new order will mean working overtime. + [VN -ing] The injury could mean him missing next week's game.
    be important
    6 [VN] [no passive] ~ sth to sb to be of value or importance to sb: Your friendship means a great deal to me. + $20 means a lot (= represents a lot of money) when you live on $100 a week. + Money means nothing to him. + Her children mean the world to her.
    Idioms: be meant to be sth to be generally considered to be sth: This restaurant is meant to be excellent.
    I mean (spoken) used to explain or correct what you have just said: It was so boring-I mean, nothing happened for the first hour! + She's English-Scottish, I mean.
    mean business (informal) to be serious in your intentions: He has the look of a man who means business.
    mean (sb) no harm
    not mean (sb) any harm to not have any intention of hurting sb
    mean to say used to emphasize what you are saying or to ask sb if they really mean what they say: I mean to say, you should have known how he would react! + Do you mean to say you've lost it?
    mean well (usually disapproving) to have good intentions, although their effect may not be good
    + adjective (meaner, meanest)
    not generous
    1 (BrE) (AmE cheap) not willing to give or share things, especially money: She's always been mean with money.
    Antonym: GENEROUS
    See also - STINGY
    unkind
    2 ~ (to sb) (of people or their behaviour) unkind, for example by not letting sb have or do sth: Don't be so mean to your little brother!
    angry / violent
    3 (especially AmE) likely to become angry or violent: That's a mean-looking dog.
    skilful
    4 (informal approving, especially AmE) very good and skilful: He's a mean tennis player. + She plays a mean game of chess.
    average
    5 [only before noun] (technical) average; between the highest and the lowest, etc: the mean temperature
    intelligence
    6 (formal) (of a person's understanding or ability) not very great: This should be clear even to the meanest intelligence.
    poor
    7 (literary) poor and dirty in appearance: mean houses / streets
    8 (old-fashioned) born into or coming from a low social class: These rights apply even to the meanest labourer.
    Idioms: be no mean ... (approving) used to say that sb is very good at doing sth: His mother was a painter, and he's no mean artist himself.
    + noun
    -see also MEANS
    middle way
    1 ~ (between A and B) a quality, condition, or way of doing sth that is in the middle of two extremes and better than either of them: He needed to find a mean between frankness and rudeness.
    average
    2 (also arithmetic mean) (mathematics) the value found by adding together all the numbers in a group, and dividing the total by the number of numbers
    3 (also geometric mean) (mathematics) a value between two extreme values, found by adding them together and dividing the total by 2
    Idioms: the happy / golden mean (approving) a course of action that is not extreme
    Collocation Dictionary
    adj

    VERBS

    be, feel, seem | become

    ADV.

    really, very
    I thought it was really mean of him not to let her use the car.
    | a bit, pretty, rather, slightly
    That was a pretty mean trick. He's rather mean when it comes to spending money on the children.

    PREP.

    to
    He's so mean to his mother!
    | with
    She's very mean with her money.


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