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Synonyms of mean

Noun


1. mean, mean value, average, norm

usage: an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

Verb


1. mean, intend, convey

usage: mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"

2. entail, imply, mean, necessitate

usage: have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

3. mean, intend, signify, stand for

usage: denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"

4. intend, mean, think

usage: have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"

5. mean

usage: have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"

6. think of, have in mind, mean, associate, tie in, relate, link, colligate, link up, connect

usage: intend to refer to; "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"

7. mean, intend, destine, designate, specify

usage: destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you"

Adjective


1. average, mean(prenominal), normal (vs. abnormal)

usage: approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall"

2. hateful, mean, nasty (vs. nice), awful

usage: characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"

3. base, mean, meanspirited, ignoble (vs. noble)

usage: having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"

4. mean, skilled (vs. unskilled)

usage: excellent; "famous for a mean backhand"

5. beggarly, mean, poor (vs. rich)

usage: marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"

6. mean, mingy, miserly, tight, stingy (vs. generous), ungenerous

usage: (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"

7. beggarly, mean, stingy (vs. generous), ungenerous

usage: (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt

8. bastardly, mean, contemptible (vs. estimable)

usage: of no value or worth; "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"

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