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Definition 1: an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is a kind of ...) a statistic describing the location of a distribution

"it set the norm for American homes"

(... is a kind of mean ) the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values

(... is a kind of mean ) the mean of n numbers expressed as the n-th root of their product

(... is a kind of mean ) the mean of n numbers expressed as the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of the numbers

(mean belongs to category ...) a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters

Definition 2: have in mind as a purpose - [verb of cognition]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I mean no harm
  • I only meant to help you
  • She didn't think to harm me
  • We thought to return early that night

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of mean ) intend or have as a purpose

"She designed to go far in the world of business"

(... is a kind of mean ) have the will and intention to carry out some action

"He plans to be in graduate school next year" "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion"

(... is a kind of mean ) propose or intend

"I aim to arrive at noon"

Definition 3: intend to refer to - [verb of cognition]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France
  • Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is a kind of ...) make a logical or causal connection

"I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind" "colligate these facts" "I cannot relate these events at all"

(... is a kind of mean ) make reference to

"His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"

Definition 4: destine or designate for a certain purpose - [verb of cognition]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • These flowers were meant for you

(mean is a kind of ...) design or destine

"She was intended to become the director"

Definition 5: mean or intend to express or convey - [verb of communication]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You never understand what I mean!
  • what do his words intend?

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is a kind of ...) (of information) make known; pass on

"She conveyed the message to me"

(... is a kind of mean ) express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

"What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"

(... is a kind of mean ) convey or express a meaning

"These words mean nothing to me!" "What does his strange behavior signify?"

(... is a kind of mean ) indicate or signify

"I'm afraid this spells trouble!"

(... is a kind of mean ) direct (a remark) toward an intended goal

"She wanted to aim a pun"

(... is a kind of mean ) move into a desired direction of discourse

"What are you driving at?"

Definition 6: denote or connote - [verb of communication]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • `maison' means `house' in French
  • An example sentence would show what this word means

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of mean ) have as a meaning

"`multi-' denotes `many' "

(mean has a similar meaning as ...) convey or express a meaning

"These words mean nothing to me!" "What does his strange behavior signify?"

Definition 7: have as a logical consequence - [verb of stative]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is a kind of ...) cause to be a concomitant

Definition 8: have a specified degree of importance - [verb of stative]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My ex-husband means nothing to me
  • Happiness means everything

Definition 9: of no value or worth - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I was caught in the bastardly traffic

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is similar to ...) deserving of contempt or scorn

Definition 10: having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble
  • taking a mean advantage
  • chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort
  • something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is similar to ...) completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose

"something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude" "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"

Definition 11: characterized by malice - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a hateful thing to do
  • in a mean mood

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is similar to ...) offensive or even (of persons) malicious

"in a nasty mood" "a nasty accident" "a nasty shock" "a nasty smell" "a nasty trick to pull" "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"

Definition 12: approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the average income in New England is below that of the nation
  • of average height for his age
  • the mean annual rainfall

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is similar to ...) conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal

"serve wine at normal room temperature" "normal diplomatic relations" "normal working hours" "normal word order" "normal curiosity" "the normal course of events"

(mean belongs to category ...) a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters

Definition 13: marked by poverty befitting a beggar - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a beggarly existence in the slums
  • a mean hut

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is similar to ...) characterized by or indicating poverty

"the country had a poor economy" "they lived in the poor section of town"

Definition 14: excellent - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • famous for a mean backhand

(mean is similar to ...) having or showing or requiring special skill

"only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team" "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience" "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow" "a skilled trade"

(mean is used in the usage domain ...) a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

"they don't speak our lingo"

Definition 15: (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is similar to ...) unwilling to spend (money, time, resources, etc.)

"she practices economy without being stingy" "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"

Definition 16: (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where mean or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a mean person
  • he left a miserly tip

Synonyms for mean in the sense of this definition

(mean is similar to ...) unwilling to spend (money, time, resources, etc.)

"she practices economy without being stingy" "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"

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