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.
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.
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
(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.
6 middle, centre, intermediate, medial, medium, median, average, middling:
The mean temperature for the year has increased.