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Definitions of mean

mean1  (miːn) 

Word forms:   past tense past participle meant


transitive verb

  1. (signify) significare, voler dire

    what does that word mean? che significa quella parola?

    what does "trap" mean? cosa significa "trap"?

    what do you mean by that? cosa vuoi dire con questo?

    you don't mean that, do you? non parli sul serio, vero?

    do you really mean it? dici sul serio?

    he said it as if he meant it l'ha detto senza scherzare or sul serio

    I mean what I say parlo sul serio

    it means a lot of expense for us per noi questo vuol dire una grossa spesa

    the play didn't mean a thing to me la commedia non mi ha detto niente

    her name means nothing to me il suo nome non mi dice niente

    you mean a lot to me significhi molto per me

    your friendship means a lot to me la tua amicizia è molto importante per me

    he means nothing to me non conta niente per me

  2. (intend) intendere

    to mean to do sth aver l'intenzione di fare qc, intendere fare qc

    to be meant for essere destinatoa a

    I meant it for her era destinato a lei

    that's not what I meant non era quello che intendevo

    I meant it as a joke volevo solo scherzare

    he means what he says parla sul serio

    do you really mean it? parli sul serio?

    what do you mean to do? cosa intendi fare?, cosa pensi di fare?

    he didn't mean to do it non intendeva or non era sua intenzione farlo

    I didn't mean to hurt you non volevo farti del male

    do you mean me? (are you speaking to me?) dici a me? (about me) ti riferisci a me?, intendi me?

    was that remark meant for me? quell'osservazione era diretta a me?

    Roberta is meant to do it è Roberta che lo deve fare

    I mean to be obeyed intendo essere ubbidito

    he means well le sue intenzioni sono buone

Similar Words

= imply, suggest, intend, indicate, refer to, intimate, get at (informal), hint at, have in mind, drive at (informal), allude to, insinuate
= result in, cause, produce, effect, lead to, involve, bring about, give rise to, entail, engender, necessitate
= intend, want, plan, expect, design, aim, wish, think, propose, purpose, desire, set out, contemplate, aspire, have plans, have in mind
= destine, make, design, suit, fate, predestine, preordain
= matter, be significant, have significance, have importance

mean2  (miːn) 



Word forms:   comparative -er,  superlative -est
  1. (with money) avaroa, spilorcioa, grettoa

    mean with avaroa con

    he's too mean to buy presents è troppo avaro per comprare regali

  2. (unkind, spiteful) meschinoa, malignoa

    a mean trick uno scherzo ignobile

    that's a really mean thing to say! che cosa meschina da dire!

    you're being mean to me sei cattivo con me

    you mean thing! (informal) che meschino!

    it made me feel mean mi ha fatto sentire un verme

  3. (US, vicious)
    1. (animal) cattivoa
    2. (person) perfidoa
  4. (poor, appearance, district) miseroa

    she's no mean cook è una cuoca tutt'altro che disprezzabile

Similar Words

= miserly, stingy, parsimonious, niggardly, close (informal), near (informal), tight, selfish, beggarly, mercenary, skimpy, penny-pinching, ungenerous, penurious, tight-fisted, tight-arsed (taboo) (slang), mingy (British) (informal), tight-assed (US) (taboo) (slang), hungry (New Zealand) (informal), snoep (South Africa) (informal), tight as a duck's arse (taboo) (slang)
= shabby, poor, miserable, rundown, beggarly, seedy, scruffy, sordid, paltry, squalid, tawdry, low-rent (informal) (mainly US), contemptible, wretched, down-at-heel, grungy (slang) (mainly US), scuzzy (slang) (mainly US)
= excellent, great (informal), outstanding, superb, bad (informal), fine, masterly, wonderful, brilliant (British) (informal), smashing (informal), tremendous (informal), ace (informal), magnificent, neat (US) (informal), fabulous (informal), first-class, marvellous, exceptional, terrific (informal), formidable, sensational (informal), awesome (informal), skilful, A1 (informal), virtuoso, super (informal), wicked (informal), first-rate, bonzer (Australian) (informal), badass (US) (informal), booshit (Australian) (slang), exo (Australian) (slang), sik (Australian) (slang), rad (informal), phat (slang), schmick (Australian) (informal), beaut (informal), barrie (Scottish) (slang), belting (British) (slang), pearler (Australian) (slang)

mean3  (miːn) 



    1. (middle term) mezzo
    2. (mathematics) media

    the golden or happy mean il giusto mezzo

see also means


  1. (average) medioa

Similar Words

'mean' in Other Languages

  • Arabic: حَقِيرٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: mesquinho mesquinha
  • Chinese: 吝啬的
  • Croatian: zločest
  • Czech: zlý
  • Danish: ond
  • Dutch: gemeen
  • European Spanish: mezquino mezquinavil
  • Finnish: ilkeä
  • French: méchant
  • German: geizig
  • Greek: μοχθηρός μοχθηρή
  • Italian: meschino meschina
  • Japanese: けちな
  • Korean: 인색한
  • Norwegian: gjerrig
  • Polish: skąpy skąpa
  • Portuguese: mesquinho mesquinha
  • Romanian: rău rău, rea, răi, rele
  • Russian: убогий убогая
  • Spanish: malo malade espíritu
  • Swedish: elak elakt
  • Thai: ใจร้าย
  • Turkish: eli sıkı
  • Ukrainian: злий
  • Vietnamese: bần tiện
  • Arabic: يَعْنِي
  • Brazilian Portuguese: significar
  • Chinese: 意谓
  • Croatian: značiti
  • Czech: znamenat
  • Danish: betyde
  • Dutch: betekenen
  • European Spanish: significar
  • Finnish: tarkoittaa
  • French: signifier
  • German: meinen
  • Greek: εννοώ
  • Italian: significare
  • Japanese: 意味する
  • Korean: 뜻하다
  • Norwegian: bety
  • Polish: oznaczyć znaczyć
  • Portuguese: significar
  • Romanian: a însemna
  • Russian: означать
  • Spanish: significar
  • Swedish: mena
  • Thai: หมายความว่า
  • Turkish: kastetmek
  • Ukrainian: означати значити
  • Vietnamese: muốn nói
  • Arabic: لا يـَمْزَحُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: falar sério
  • Chinese: 对…认真
  • Croatian: misliti
  • Czech: myslet vážně
  • Danish: mene
  • Dutch: menen
  • European Spanish: querer decir
  • Finnish: tarkoittaa
  • French: ne pas plaisanter
  • German: meinen
  • Greek: εννοώ
  • Italian: fare sul serio
  • Japanese: 本気で言う
  • Korean: ~을 뜻하다
  • Norwegian: mene
  • Polish: oznaczać
  • Portuguese: querer dizer
  • Romanian: a însemna
  • Russian: иметь ввиду
  • Spanish: querer decir
  • Swedish: mena
  • Thai: มีเจตนา
  • Turkish: gerçeği söylemek
  • Ukrainian: мати на увазі
  • Vietnamese: có nghĩa
  • Arabic: يَقْصِدُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: querer
  • Chinese: 打算
  • Croatian: namjeravati
  • Czech: zamýšlet
  • Danish: med vilje
  • Dutch: bedoelen
  • European Spanish: querer
  • Finnish: aikoa
  • French: avoir la ferme intention de
  • German: wollen
  • Greek: θέλω
  • Italian: avere l'intenzione di
  • Japanese: わざと・・・する
  • Korean: ~을 의도하다
  • Norwegian: mene
  • Polish: robić coś celowo
  • Portuguese: tencionar
  • Romanian: a intenționa
  • Russian: хотеть
  • Spanish: quererintención
  • Swedish: mena
  • Thai: ตั้งใจ
  • Turkish: yapmak istemek
  • Ukrainian: робити навмисне
  • Vietnamese: cố ý
  • Brazilian Portuguese: mesquinho
  • Chinese: 不友好的
  • European Spanish: malo mala
  • French: méchant méchante
  • German: gemein
  • Italian: cattivo cattiva
  • Japanese: 意地悪な
  • Korean: 비열한
  • Portuguese: mesquinho mesquinha
  • Spanish: malo mala
  • Brazilian Portuguese: meio termo
  • Chinese: 平均数平均数數
  • European Spanish: media
  • French: moyenne
  • German: Durchschnitt
  • Italian: media
  • Japanese: 平均
  • Korean: 중간값
  • Portuguese: meio-termo
  • Spanish: media


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