Mean v. t. [imp. & p. p. Meant p. pr. & vb. n. Meaning.]
1. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do?
What mean ye by this service ? --Ex. xii. 26.
Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good. --Gen. 1. 20.
I am not a Spaniard
To say that it is yours and not to mean it. --Longfellow.
2. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
What mean these seven ewe lambs ? --Gen. xxi. 29.
Go ye, and learn what that meaneth. --Matt. ix. 13.
1. That which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent.
If there be any good meaning towards you. --Shak.
2. That which is signified, whether by act lanquage; signification; sense; import; as, the meaning of a hint.
3. Sense; power of thinking. [R.]
-- Mean*ing*less, a. -- Mean*ing*ly, adv.
adj : rich in significance or implication; "a meaning look";
"pregnant with meaning" [syn: meaning(a), pregnant,
n 1: the message that is intended or expressed or signified;
"what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the
significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification
of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement
was ambigtuous" [syn: significance, signification, import]
2: the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this
proverb?" [syn: substance]