- = signify, say, suggest, indicate, represent, express, stand for, convey, spell out, purport, symbolize, denote, connote, betoken •
The red signal means that you can shoot.
- = imply, suggest, intend, indicate, refer to, intimate, get at (informal), hint at, have in mind, drive at (informal), allude to, insinuate •
What do you think he means by that?
- = presage, promise, herald, foreshadow, augur, foretell, portend, betoken, adumbrate •
An enlarged prostate does not necessarily mean cancer.
- = result in, cause, produce, effect, lead to, involve, bring about, give rise to, entail, engender, necessitate •
Trade and product discounts can mean big savings.
- = intend, want, plan, expect, design, aim, wish, think, propose, purpose, desire, set out, contemplate, aspire, have plans, have in mind •
I didn't mean to hurt you.
- = destine, make, design, suit, fate, predestine, preordain •
He said that we were meant to be together.
- = matter, be significant, have significance, have importance •
It doesn't sound much, but it means a lot to me.
In standard British English, mean should not be followed by for when expressing intention. I didn't mean this to happen is acceptable, but not I didn't mean for this to happen.