Synonyms of mean in English

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verb

1‘the flashing lights mean that the road is blocked’

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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

informal get at

literary betoken

2‘she didn't mean to break it’

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intend, aim, plan, design, have in mind, have in view, contemplate, think of, purpose, propose, have plans, set out, aspire, desire, want, wish, expect

3‘he was hit by a bullet meant for a soldier’

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destine, predestine, fate, preordain, ordain

intend, design

4‘the closures will mean a rise in unemployment’

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entail, involve, necessitate, lead to, result in, give rise to, bring about, cause, engender, produce, effect

5‘this means a lot to me’

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matter, have importance, have significance, be important, be significant

have an input on

6‘a red sky in the morning usually means rain’

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presage, portend, foretell, augur, promise, foreshadow, herald, signal, bode

rare betoken, foretoken, forebode, adumbrate


Synonyms of mean in English

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adjective

1‘he's too mean to leave a tip’

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miserly, niggardly, close-fisted, parsimonious, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, ungenerous, penurious, illiberal, close, grasping, greedy, avaricious, acquisitive, Scrooge-like

Scottish Australian NZ miserable

informal tight-fisted, stingy, tight, mingy, money-grubbing, skinflinty

North American informal cheap, grabby

Australian informal hungry

British vulgar slang tight-arse, tight-arsed, tight as a duck's arse

archaic near, niggard

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generous, extravagant, munificent

2‘why are you being so mean to me?’

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unkind, nasty, spiteful, foul, malicious, malevolent, despicable, contemptible, obnoxious, vile, odious, loathsome, disagreeable, unpleasant, unfriendly, uncharitable, shabby, unfair, callous, cruel, vicious, base, low

informal horrible, horrid, hateful, rotten, low-down

British informal beastly, bitchy, catty

vulgar slang shitty

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kind

3‘the truth was obvious to even the meanest intelligence’

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inferior, poor, limited, restricted, meagre

4‘her flat was mean and cold’

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squalid, shabby, dilapidated, sordid, seedy, slummy, sleazy, insalubrious, poor, sorry, wretched, dismal, dingy, miserable, mangy, broken-down, run down, down at heel

informal scruffy, scuzzy, crummy, grungy, ratty, tacky

British informal grotty

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luxurious, palatial

5‘a man of mean birth’

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lowly, humble, ordinary, low, low-born, lower-class, modest, common, base, proletarian, plebeian, obscure, undistinguished, ignoble

archaic baseborn

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noble

6‘he's a mean cook’


Synonyms of mean in English

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mean3


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noun

1‘trying to find a mean between frankness and rudeness’

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middle course, middle way, mid point, central point, middle, happy medium, golden mean, compromise, balance, median, norm, average


adjective

1‘the mean temperature’

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average, median, middle, halfway, centre, central, intermediate, medial, medium, normal, standard, middling