Main definitions of mean in English

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mean1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Intend to convey or refer to (a particular thing); signify.

    ‘I don't know what you mean’
    ‘he was asked to clarify what his remarks meant’
    ‘I meant you, not Jones’
    • ‘Tash looked after her, wondering what she could have meant by her words.’
    • ‘She seemed to sigh heavily, and, from all my experience, I knew that heavy sighs meant that you had something bad to say.’
    • ‘Andrew didn't really know what the results meant because he didn't know what the normal values for the tests would be.’
    • ‘And I understand perfectly what you mean about the characters being revolting.’
    • ‘‘You're absolutely right ’, Devlin interrupted, genuinely getting what she meant.’
    • ‘Ziana began to understand what her grandfather had meant by those words.’
    • ‘The question is whether that means it intends to triple its workforce.’
    • ‘What did you mean when you said her emotion seemed more genuine in the last chapter?’
    • ‘They took his remark as a joke although he had meant it as a spurn to their stupidity.’
    • ‘‘I did know what you meant this afternoon,’ referring to our earlier conversation.’
    • ‘I'm not sure what Beckett meant by referring to our ‘showing off’, but let me now do so!’
    • ‘The men had meant her clothing when they referred her to a boy.’
    • ‘This could mean heaven, but most likely it represents a church.’
    • ‘It was a slow kiss, intended to mean a promise of a future together.’
    • ‘Matt never quite understood what he had meant by those words.’
    • ‘‘Hey freak,’ Jesse greeted, his tone implying that he had meant it strictly as an insult.’
    • ‘He means that death repeals the whole implied adventure of being missing, and a certain tantalising ambiguity enters the picture.’
    • ‘The boy waved his hand in the air, indicating that he meant the alleyway, in which they stood.’
    • ‘Confused, he suggests she means his brother, who has just married Lucy Steele.’
    • ‘Oh yes, she meant the children she supposedly tutored in the day.’
    signify, convey, denote, designate, indicate, connote, show, express, spell out, stand for, represent, symbolize, imply, purport, suggest, allude to, intimate, hint at, insinuate, drive at, refer to
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    1. 1.1(of a word) have (something) as its signification in the same language or its equivalent in another language.
      ‘its name means ‘painted rock’ in Cherokee’
      • ‘The word once meant the description of a work of visual art within a poem, but has come to mean poetic description more generally.’
      • ‘Obviously the word meant something different to him than it did to her.’
      • ‘‘The last two words mean the same thing,’ I interrupted aggravatingly.’
      • ‘The word patriotism comes from a Greek word meaning fatherland.’
      • ‘The use of the original Greek word to mean an instrument of music did not occur until the 5th century ad.’
      • ‘The word error once meant a wandering or roving course.’
      • ‘This word means fiery ones, in allusion, as is supposed, to their burning love.’
      • ‘Lenin named his small movement the Bolsheviks, a word meaning majority.’
      • ‘Parcours is a French word meaning the route, the trip or the journey.’
      • ‘The word magazine derives from an Arabic word meaning a storehouse, a place where goods are laid up.’
      • ‘The word is Japanese, meaning tray planting, but the practice originated in China.’
      • ‘In short, they are ‘blogs,’ an invented word meaning Web diarist.’
      • ‘The word icon comes from the Greek word eikon, which means image.’
      • ‘The word also means a narrowing of the eyes so that you can get a clearer view, and an affliction where the eyes are not in line.’
      • ‘Cadet, a 17th Century French word meaning a young trainee in the armed forces or the police force, is commonly used in India.’
      • ‘The word myco, is derived from the Greek word which means fungus.’
      • ‘Frass is an arcane English word meaning the excrement or droppings of insects.’
      • ‘I pressed the search button to see what the words meant and what language they were.’
      • ‘The name comes from the Greek word lithos which means stone.’
    2. 1.2Genuinely intend to express (something)
      ‘when she said that she meant it’
      • ‘‘Thank you,’ she said, and the genuine look in her eyes told me that she really meant it.’
      • ‘Mike had the feeling that, deep down inside, she genuinely meant it.’
      • ‘Riley wasn't just saying the words, he meant them too.’
      • ‘He knew these sounded empty, these words, but he meant them.’
      • ‘‘I'm glad to hear it,’ he replied, and the genuine smile he gave me let me know he meant it.’
    3. 1.3Be of a specified degree of importance to (someone)
      ‘animals have always meant more to him than people’
      • ‘She and Ryan had always had a close bond that meant a lot to Ryan.’
      • ‘It was only a momentary kiss but it meant a lot to me.’
      • ‘This woman means a lot to me and I intend to make sure she's taken care of.’
      • ‘It meant a lot to him that she believed he could win.’
      • ‘Any other time, those words would have meant a lot to her.’
      • ‘They had always meant a lot to her, she couldn't explain it.’
      • ‘Thanks for everything you said, it really meant a lot to me.’
      • ‘It was apparent that this bet meant a lot to both of them.’
      • ‘You always show you put thought into your review and that means a lot to me.’
      • ‘But it still means a lot to the few people watching.’
  • 2Intend (something) to occur or be the case.

    ‘they mean no harm’
    [with infinitive] ‘it was meant to be a secret’
    • ‘It's never a good sign when the audience audibly groans throughout what was meant to be a grand love story.’
    • ‘Fear rushed through him and he prayed that the person meant them no harm.’
    • ‘Talk them down if you would, tell them that we mean them no harm.’
    • ‘She believed that horses would be emotionally damaged if it was not explained to them that their riders meant no harm nor wished to degrade them in any way.’
    • ‘I think it was meant to be taken a lot more lightly than I read it, but I can't help my own reaction to the film.’
    • ‘Counseling is meant to be educational and to leave one with more positive feelings.’
    • ‘I really get the impression that this is meant to be a representation of an event that happened.’
    • ‘It wasn't meant to be intimate, but my hand was on his!’
    • ‘As one might expect, the work placed in medical environments was generally meant to be as innocuous as possible.’
    • ‘Today's rendition was meant to be more meaningful than those of other years.’
    • ‘A doorway page is a page carefully designed to do well on search engine results, but is never meant to be used by humans.’
    • ‘I mean no disrespect, but I wish to inform you that your request may not be wholly understood.’
    • ‘The law on sharing capital gains was meant to redistribute excess profit.’
    • ‘The movie is symbolic it's not meant to be a literal story.’
    • ‘It's strange how someone can know there was a time quite recent you meant them harm, and still hold no grudge.’
    • ‘The difference between Akil, Agape, and the rest of the slaves, was that they understood d' Armano meant them no harm.’
    • ‘This show is meant to be the first of an annual series curated by the museum from its holdings.’
    • ‘You can come with me to the Temple if you promise that you mean his girl no harm.’
    • ‘They prayed and then cast a charm to pray that they would pass back to their world in peace and mean them no harm.’
    intend, aim, plan, design, have in mind, have in view, contemplate, think of, purpose, propose, have plans, set out, aspire, desire, want, wish, expect
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    1. 2.1Be supposed to do something.
      ‘we were meant to go over yesterday’
      • ‘She didn't know where this place was that supposedly they were meant to go to, and because of that tried to push the thought out of her hyperactive head.’
      • ‘At first he sang mostly for the workers in the factories where he also was meant to be working.’
      • ‘They were meant to make it to Rundalfelt by the next day, and Ariane seemed to become more excited if not scared with each step her horse took.’
      • ‘We were meant to learn new things about how the organization formed and pursued its first tentative steps into space.’
      • ‘We were meant to meet the townspeople in just a few minutes, but at the rate we were going, they were going to be getting up and leaving before Al and I even got there.’
      • ‘They all have a purpose: they're meant to teach us about life, to advise us, to give reasons as to why things are they way they are.’
      • ‘The documentary is meant to expose the difficulties faced by the community especially women living in the area.’
      • ‘Adam was meant to dig, not to drive round to the local gardening centre.’
      • ‘My first week passed in a blur, mainly caused by my confusion about what I was meant to do and not knowing who everyone was.’
      • ‘Yesterday he had seen, for the first time, the angry and distressed faces of the people he was meant to rule.’
    2. 2.2Design or destine for a particular purpose.
      ‘the jacket was meant for a much larger person’
      • ‘The Marble Falls design is meant for business users, with two flat-screen displays and a small chassis.’
      • ‘He wondered what they were meant for and why paintings were even allowed in this building.’
      • ‘Even with her hair falling messily out of a bun, no make-up, wearing a hoodie that was 2 sizes too big and sweat pants that I'm pretty sure were meant for a guy, she still managed to look beautiful.’
      • ‘They were meant for the military and universities: for calculating missile trajectories and looking for patterns in data.’
      • ‘Given that most of these types of games were meant for the PC, translating the interface to work with a console hasn't always worked.’
      • ‘A few government officials have been arrested for stashing away relief material which were meant for victims of the earthquake such as tents, solar lanterns, milk powder, food packets and bed sheets.’
      • ‘I told him that garlic dipping sauce was meant for the sole purpose of dipping!’
      • ‘They were meant for all the days they would be sailing and working.’
      • ‘The tables were meant for two people at each but because of the odd number of students in my class, I was left single.’
      • ‘We wondered who the oversize sign was meant for.’
    3. 2.3Have something as a motive or explanation in saying or doing.
      ‘what do you mean by leaving me out here in the cold?’
      • ‘He smiled gently at her to show he meant no harm by his comments; he was just stating fact.’
      • ‘‘I'm sure she didn't mean any harm by it,’ I replied.’
      • ‘She hadn't meant any harm by the question, but he seemed to think so as he glared venomously at her, before replying.’
      • ‘But I don't think Veronica meant any harm by it, and it was nice of her to try.’
      • ‘I meant no harm by my remark, but remember he's only a novice.’
      • ‘Was it just her or had Trey meant something by that comment?’
      • ‘He didn't mean any harm by it; he was just trying to get us here on time.’
      • ‘Again, don't take this the wrong way, I mean no offense by it.’
      • ‘I mean many things by this, which I hope to explore in the coming weeks and months.’
      • ‘They assured me that they meant no offense by this.’
    4. 2.4Be generally considered to be.
      ‘this one's meant to be priceless’
  • 3Have as a consequence or result.

    ‘the proposals are likely to mean another hundred closures’
    [with clause] ‘heavy rain meant that the pitch was waterlogged’
    • ‘The clouds were threatening to come in from the mountains and that meant rain and inside activity for the next day or so.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for the crowd on the stands, that meant warm blankets and numerous cups of hot chocolate.’
    • ‘About 200 people are expected to turn up in all, and the popularity means this is likely to become a regular event.’
    • ‘However, this does mean the company expects its 2003 fiscal full year to show some growth.’
    • ‘The only good part about the rain was that it meant that the weather would be slightly less cold, but that, too had its downside.’
    • ‘It made critics happy, which means that producers are likely to be more confident in you the next time around.’
    • ‘He said the Danish result was likely to mean that Britain would not join the EMU as early as had originally been anticipated.’
    • ‘This means it will achieve its total planned savings a year earlier than originally expected.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it means that we will likely see more advertising in the movie theaters.’
    • ‘In second period French, Jen hid the plan book, which meant no homework.’
    • ‘That meant a day without work, without duty and without purpose.’
    • ‘If handled properly it should certainly improve the cab company's efficiency and that means you won't have to wait in the rain so long.’
    • ‘The collapse in equities means it now represents 25 per cent of the fund's value.’
    • ‘That is expected to mean a license fee of just shy of £200 early next decade once inflation is taken into account.’
    • ‘This means the Deputy Prime Minister is likely to get the top job when it opens up sometime over the next few years.’
    • ‘Soon January rolled around, bringing in a heavy blizzard, which meant there would be no school.’
    • ‘This is likely to mean a greater spend on advertising and promotional activities.’
    • ‘Christine not being here has meant a change of plan.’
    • ‘The downside though, is that it's likely to mean you'll be packing your own shopping if you choose to participate.’
    • ‘Being interrogated by the two players had been interesting, but he would do it a hundred times if it meant being with Mandy.’
    entail, involve, necessitate, lead to, result in, give rise to, bring about, cause, engender, produce, effect
    presage, portend, foretell, augur, promise, foreshadow, herald, signal, bode
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    1. 3.1Necessarily or usually entail or involve.
      ‘coal stoves mean a lot of smoke’
      • ‘Either way, being a performer meant being involved in the compositional process.’
      • ‘A day out in Edinburgh does usually mean walking around the city, but suppose we just stayed in-doors.’

Phrases

  • i mean

    • Used to explain or correct a statement.

      ‘I mean, it's not as if I owned property’
      • ‘That, I mean, that is one of the most fundamental misunderstandings of what we're proposing.’
      • ‘She had four children, so I mean obviously four times she did have some kind of bodily intimacy.’
      • ‘She's gonna be mad when she finds out, I mean how long have you known and not told her?’
      • ‘So you can imagine how I can hardly wait for school to start, I mean, I get to escape the craziness at home anyway.’
      • ‘By today, I mean the date at the bottom of the page, not the day I'm writing this, or whenever you may be reading it.’
      • ‘I never really had a childhood, I mean, lots of stuff happened to me when I was younger.’
      • ‘I saw this in a full theatre and when the unloaded gun is fired, everybody and I mean everybody moaned.’
      • ‘I had to do something, I mean, I didn't want him to not have fun because of me.’
      • ‘See how the other plays so happily with the handler, she, the handler I mean, acts so friendly and kind to them.’
      • ‘It's the least you can do for her, I mean, she let us in her house in the middle of the night.’
  • if you know (or see) what i mean

    • Expressing the hope that one has been understood, especially when one has spoken in a way that is imprecise or unclear.

      ‘my right knee was not sore but I knew I had a knee, if you know what I mean’
      • ‘The big men in this town are trying to shut him up for good, if you know what I mean.’
      • ‘He's wonderfully memorable and skilful of course and I have a high regard for him but no real fondness, if you see what I mean.’
      • ‘She doesn't seem to be "ill" ill, if you know what I mean, she has no temperature or any other symptoms.’
      • ‘I don't really want to get seriously involved with him, if you understand what I mean.’
      • ‘I want to be allowed to listen to extremely noisy music in complete silence, if you see what I mean.’
  • mean business

    • Be in earnest.

      ‘the border is sealed by troops who mean business’
      • ‘When it came to books, Ms. Hensley meant business.’
      • ‘When that went away, it seemed like they meant business.’
      • ‘By the look on his face, he could tell I meant business.’
      • ‘Jonas saw that his chief meant business right now.’
      • ‘He thought we were playing some sort of silly joke on him, but we meant business.’
      • ‘She had a way about herself, which told me that she meant business.’
      • ‘Unlike his comrades, he clearly meant business.’
      • ‘Well, it didn't take long for us to realize they meant business, and they started clearing stuff up right away.’
      • ‘She wasn't smiling, so I knew she meant business.’
      • ‘The look on his handsome face told her he meant business.’
  • mean to say

    • [usually in questions]Used to emphasize a statement or to ask another if they really intend to say something.

      ‘do you mean to say you've uncovered something new?’
      • ‘Do you mean to say that you're not hated for what you did to Grant?’
      • ‘I don't necessarily mean to say that I feel that's right.’
      • ‘‘You mean to say,’ in tones of mock-surprise, ‘that you do not know everything there is to know?’’
      • ‘I do not mean to say that such exclusions are absolute.’
      • ‘What you mean to say is that you intend to resist doing so, which I already knew.’
      • ‘Do you mean to say that we won't be involved in any of this attack?’
      • ‘But I don't mean to say that I didn't enjoy the kiss.’
      • ‘But just because 3 million people buy driving games every year, it doesn't mean to say that they're right.’
      • ‘You mean to say that you have seen all the maids of the land?’
      • ‘You mean to say that nothing happened between you guys at all?’
  • mean well

    • Have good intentions, but not always the ability to carry them out.

      ‘he means well and is anxious to rule wisely’
      • ‘The woman meant well, but always ended up criticising every little thing I did.’
      • ‘She was still pretty uptight, but she meant well.’
      • ‘I'm sure she meant well, but that made me feel angrier than ever, made me feel that she didn't understand at all.’
      • ‘I know you meant well, but why sacrifice yourself for me?’
      • ‘He grinned, letting both females know he meant well.’
      • ‘He knew she meant well, but he couldn't face her.’
      • ‘I suppose he may have meant well, but he isn't exactly blessed with an abundance of tact.’
      • ‘These editors mean well, they just don't know what they're doing.’
      • ‘Devon always means well, he doesn't like to hurt people.’
      • ‘‘She always means well,’ Harry muttered in reply.’

Origin

Old English mænan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch meenen and German meinen, from an Indo-European root shared by mind.

Pronunciation:

mean

/miːn/

Main definitions of mean in English

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mean2

adjective

  • 1British Unwilling to give or share things, especially money; not generous.

    ‘she felt mean not giving a tip’
    ‘they're not mean with the garlic’
    • ‘And if you keep being so mean with the price, people might be so angry about it, and they might even burn things down.’
    • ‘They were horrible - greedy and interfering, and mean and small-minded.’
    miserly, niggardly, close-fisted, parsimonious, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, ungenerous, penurious, illiberal, close, grasping, greedy, avaricious, acquisitive, scrooge-like
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  • 2Unkind, spiteful, or unfair.

    ‘I was mean to them over the festive season’
    • ‘He looked like a nice guy, and he hadn't been mean to them.’
    • ‘He gave me a disappointed look and I felt guilty remembering all of the times I was mean to Corbin without an excuse.’
    • ‘She is mean to Pip for most of his life, although at the novel's end they meet again, and she seems to be a softened, changed woman.’
    • ‘Jonah may always be mean to you, but that's still attention.’
    • ‘It was mean to laugh at her when she went but I didn't care.’
    • ‘She didn't mean to be mean and cruel but things slip once in while, things she can't control.’
    • ‘You know, people are usually mean to you for a reason.’
    • ‘It made Jason sick to know that people were mean to her.’
    • ‘But you still shouldn't be so mean to them if they don't get something.’
    • ‘They also don't like pets and are mean to small children.’
    • ‘I hated him from then on because he was always mean to me.’
    • ‘It isn't any excuse for him to be mean to his daughter.’
    • ‘None of this would have happened if he hadn't been mean to her sister.’
    • ‘That was probably why he had been so horribly mean to Conner in his room earlier.’
    • ‘I hope the other children aren't being mean to her.’
    • ‘She didn't know why, but for some reason she couldn't be spiteful or mean to this man anymore.’
    • ‘I didn't want to be mean to Jes, but Morgan had taken over.’
    • ‘One wonders if, deep down, she couldn't stand being mean to her husband!’
    • ‘I felt a little bad about being so mean to him but he deserved it.’
    • ‘The author made you hate the evil sisters who were mean to Ella.’
    unkind, nasty, spiteful, foul, malicious, malevolent, despicable, contemptible, obnoxious, vile, odious, loathsome, disagreeable, unpleasant, unfriendly, uncharitable, shabby, unfair, callous, cruel, vicious, base, low
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    1. 2.1North American Vicious or aggressive in behaviour.
      ‘the dogs were considered mean, vicious, and a threat’
      • ‘Eventually, we learn that Monica is a mean, vicious vamp who places men under her power with a combination of humiliation and flabby thighs.’
      • ‘He was perfect in his stall but when he was on the track, he was mean and vicious.’
      • ‘This person was also abusive, mean and vicious.’
  • 3(especially of a place) poor in quality and appearance; shabby.

    ‘her home was mean and small’
    squalid, shabby, dilapidated, sordid, seedy, slummy, sleazy, insalubrious, poor, sorry, wretched, dismal, dingy, miserable, mangy, broken-down, run down, down at heel
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    1. 3.1(of a person's mental capacity or understanding) inferior.
      ‘it was obvious to even the meanest intelligence’
      • ‘She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper.’
    2. 3.2dated Of low birth or social class.
      ‘a muffler like that worn by the meanest of people’
  • 4informal Very skilful or effective; excellent.

    ‘he's a mean cook’
    ‘she dances a mean tango’
    • ‘She was known to make a mean grilled cheese and would do so.’
    • ‘Day has an incredibly luminous screen presence, and in every scene they share, she matches Cagney's swagger with a mean strut of her own.’
    • ‘I see someone funny and sweet who cooks a mean steak and does a lousy John Wayne impression.’
    • ‘We opt for number two, and discover the dipso cooks a mean cheese omelette.’
    • ‘They do a mean curry in this place, but I opt for a hot sandwich instead.’

Phrases

  • no mean ——

    • Denoting something very good of its kind.

      ‘a profit that crossed the £100 million barrier was no mean achievement’
      • ‘And as far as negotiations go, it's no mean feat.’
      • ‘This is no mean feat, considering the size and relative complexity of the cast.’
      • ‘Considering his prodigious consumption of alcohol and drugs, this was no mean feat.’
      • ‘Considering the guide price was £130,000, that was no mean feat.’
      • ‘This small publisher, which brings out eight new titles a year, has made a name for itself and has had three of its books read or adapted on BBC Radio Four - no mean achievement.’
      • ‘Physically imposing and capable of more than one facial expression, he even holds his own in the fight scenes, no mean feat given the martial calibre of the cast.’
      • ‘That's no mean feat in an industry that's growing by less than 2% a year.’
      • ‘They were holding their own which was no mean feat.’
      • ‘For a twenty-five-year-old woman to transform herself into an eleven-year-old child was no mean achievement.’
      • ‘It is also very well recorded and that is no mean achievement.’

Origin

Middle English, shortening of Old English gemǣne, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin communis common. The original sense was ‘common to two or more people’, later ‘inferior in rank’, leading to mean and a sense ‘ignoble, small-minded’, from which mean and mean (which became common in the 19th century) arose.

Pronunciation:

mean

/miːn/

Main definitions of mean in English

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mean3

noun

  • 1The value obtained by dividing the sum of several quantities by their number; an average.

    ‘acid output was calculated by taking the mean of all three samples’
    • ‘The price may rise and fall, but the average mean is what the cost will turn out to be.’
    • ‘The median is a more conservative estimate of WTP than the mean, since it gives less weight to extreme observations on the high side.’
    • ‘Such conditions produce overdispersion, wherein the variance exceeds the mean.’
    • ‘Our favored aggregate is the R2 weighted aggregation, but we also report the simple mean of the forecasts and the median.’
    • ‘The tests were all performed ten times and the mean of the measurements was taken as the result for the test.’
    • ‘There are two ways to calculate WTP from the estimated logistic function: its mean and its median.’
    • ‘Profits per employee is the deviation from industry mean of the ratio of a firm's operation profits to total employees.’
    • ‘The mean and the mean of the sum of squares are combined into one loop through the entire data set.’
    • ‘Consider the jellybean example: if there is a large glass sphere hidden among the jellybeans, then you will get a normal distribution of guesses centred on the wrong mean.’
    • ‘The means associated with both dependent variables in all experimental conditions are presented in Figure 2.’
    • ‘The means and coefficients of variation of output and input variables are reported in Table 1.’
    • ‘The cancer patients had used their phone for a mean of 2.8 years while the control group averaged 2.7 years.’
    • ‘Centering consists of subtracting the sample mean from each independent variable.’
    • ‘These changes are evaluated at the mean of the explanatory variables.’
    • ‘Note that the displayed means are weighted means of the non-log version of the variable.’
    • ‘The survey results for the means of each listed variable are reported in Table 3, Column 1.’
    • ‘Provided that the conditional mean was correctly specified, the model was consistent.’
    • ‘A mean of 2.63 was reported for the number of courses completed.’
  • 2A condition, quality, or course of action equally removed from two opposite extremes.

    ‘the measure expresses a mean between saving and splashing out’
    middle course, middle way, mid point, central point, middle, happy medium, golden mean, compromise, balance, median, norm, average
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adjective

  • 1(of a quantity) calculated as a mean; average.

    ‘participants in the study had a mean age of 35 years’
    • ‘In the meta-analysis, the mean value for a treatment within each paper was the experimental unit.’
    • ‘Following convention, quantity terms were normalized using the data means to have mean values of one.’
    • ‘Fecal output was calculated by dividing mean chromium release rate by the concentration of chromium in the feces.’
    • ‘It was calculated by dividing hot carcass weight by the overall mean dressing percentage.’
    • ‘In Table 2 are shown mean values in the trimmed sample for selected characteristics.’
    • ‘To control for the professional experience of the firm's founding team, I calculated the mean age for the set of founders for each law firm.’
    • ‘In dealing with commodities such as butter, we recognize patterns in charts and calculate the mean average over a period of time.’
    • ‘You've quoted the mean average, but this is skewed by the small number of fanatics whose 5,000-plus discs line every wall of their homes.’
    • ‘There are no data produced on an annual basis that permit direct calculation of mean graduate and non-graduate earnings.’
    • ‘The mean residual values and the RSD were calculated for each weigh day.’
    • ‘Sows housed in pens and stalls had similar mean values across all measures with each analysis that was used.’
    • ‘In this study, 5-year moving averages are used to estimate the mean value of each commodity.’
    • ‘Of particular interest are the mean values of the surprise component, since they can be interpreted as the average forecast errors.’
    • ‘The mean age of respondents was 35.32 and the standard deviation was 14.29.’
    • ‘Diamond found a negative relationship between aging and productivity and that the mean peak age for the citation stock for the six samples was 59 years of age.’
    • ‘In the last ten years, the mean age of heroin users has dropped from 27 to 19.’
    • ‘An additional year of age of a house lowers the estimated sales price by $1,230 evaluated at the observed mean values.’
    • ‘Table 2 presents the variables used, their mean values, and data sources.’
    • ‘We then calculated the mean multiplexity of the focal firm's network partners and used that as our measure of multiplexity.’
    • ‘Teachers allowed drivers to drive tractors or other agricultural machinery at a mean age of 14.9.’
    average, median, middle, halfway, centre, central, intermediate, medial, medium, normal, standard, middling
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  • 2Equally far from two extremes.

    ‘hope is the mean virtue between despair and presumption’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French meien, from Latin medianus middle (see median).

Pronunciation:

mean

/miːn/