Mean Mean (m[=e]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Meant} (m[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Meaning}.] [OE. menen, AS. m[=ae]nan to recite, tell, intend, wish; akin to OS. m[=e]nian to have in mind, mean, D. meenen, G. meinen, OHG. meinan, Icel. meina, Sw. mena, Dan. mene, and to E. mind. [root]104. See {Mind}, and cf. {Moan}.] 1. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do? [1913 Webster]

What mean ye by this service ? --Ex. xii. 26. [1913 Webster]

Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good. --Gen. 1. 20. [1913 Webster]

I am not a Spaniard To say that it is yours and not to mean it. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote. [1913 Webster]

What mean these seven ewe lambs ? --Gen. xxi. 29. [1913 Webster]

Go ye, and learn what that meaneth. --Matt. ix. 13. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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