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mean mean verb (meant, meant ) ›› HAVE AS MEANING 有含意 1. (not used in the progressive tenses 不用于进行时) mean sth (to sb) to have sth as a meaning • 表示…的意思: ▪ [VN]
»What does this sentence mean?
这个句子是什么意思?
»What is meant by ˈbatch processingˈ?
* batch processing 是什么意思?
»Does the name ˈDavid Berwickˈ mean anything to you (= do you know who he is) ?
你知道戴维 · 贝里克是谁吗?
▪ [V (that)]
»The flashing light means (that) you must stop.
闪烁的灯光表示你必须停下。
›› INTEND AS MEANING 意思是 2. (not used in the progressive tenses 不用于进行时) to intend to say sth on a particular occasion • 意思是;本意是: ▪ [VN]
»What did he mean by that remark?
他说那话是什么意思?
»ˈPerhaps we should try another approach.ˈ ˈ What do you mean? (= I donˈt understand what you are suggesting.) ˈ
"也许我们应该试一试别的方法。" "你说什么?"
»What do you mean, you thought I wouldnˈt mind? (= of course I mind and I am very angry.)
你这是什么意思,你以为我会不在意吗?
»What she means is that thereˈs no point in waiting here.
她的意思是说在这儿等下去没什么意思。
»I always found him a little strange, if you know what I mean (= if you understand what I mean by ˈstrangeˈ).
我总觉得他有点儿怪——如果你明白我这话是什么意思。
»I know what you mean (= I understand and feel sympathy). I hated learning to drive too.
我明白你的意思。我也不愿意学开车。
»(informal) It was like—weird. Know what I mean?
它有点儿——不可思议。明白我的意思吗?
»I see what you mean (= I understand although I may not agree), but I still think itˈs worth trying.
我知道你是什么意思,但我仍然认为它值得一试。
»See what I mean (= I was right and this proves it, doesnˈt it) ? She never agrees to anything I suggest.
这下可证明我说的对了吧?我说什么她都不听。
»ˈBut Pete doesnˈt know weˈre here!ˈ ˈ Thatˈs what I mean! (= thatˈs what I have been trying to tell you.) ˈ
"可是皮特不知道我们在这儿呀!" "我就是这个意思嘛!"
»Do you mean Ann Smith or Mary Smith?
你是说安 · 史密斯,还是说玛丽 · 史密斯?
▪ [V (that)]
»Did he mean (that) he was dissatisfied with our service?
他是不是表示对我们的服务不满意?
»You mean (= are you telling me) we have to start all over again?
你是不是说我们必须从头再来一遍?
›› HAVE AS PURPOSE 有目的 3. mean sth (as sth) | mean what... | mean sth for sb to have sth as a purpose or intention • 打算;意欲;有…的目的 【SYN】 intend : ▪ [VN]
»What did she mean by leaving so early (= why did she do it) ?
她为什么这么早就走了?
»Donˈt be upset—Iˈm sure she meant it as a compliment.
别烦恼——我肯定她的原意是要称赞你的。
»He means what he says (= is not joking, exaggerating, etc.).
他说话是当真的。
»Donˈt laugh! I mean it (= I am serious).
别笑!我是认真的。
»Donˈt be angry. Iˈm sure she meant it for the best (= intended to be helpful).
别生气了。我相信她是真心想要帮忙的。
»He means trouble (= to cause trouble).
他存心捣乱。
»The chair was clearly meant for a child.
这椅子显然是专为儿童预备的。
▪ [V to inf]
»She means to succeed.
她一意求成。
»Iˈm sorry I hurt you. I didnˈt mean to.
对不起,弄疼你了。我不是故意的。
▪ [VN to inf]
»I didnˈt mean you to read the letter.
我没打算让你看那封信。
»Iˈm feeling very guilty— Iˈve been meaning to call my parents for days, but still havenˈt got around to it.
我感到非常内疚——几天来我一直打算给父母打电话,但还是没机会打。
»Youˈre meant to (= you are supposed to) pay before you go in.
你要先交钱才能进去。
▪ [V (that)]
»(formal) I never meant (that) you should come alone.
我从来没打算让你一个人来。
›› INTEND SB TO BE / DO STH 让某人成为/做 4. [often passive] mean sb for sth | mean sb to be sth to intend sb to be or do sth • 想要某人成为;想要某人去做: ▪ [VN]
»I was never meant for the army (= did not have the qualities needed to become a soldier).
我根本就不是块当兵的料。
»Philip and Kim were meant for each other (= are very suitable as partners).
菲利普和金真是天生的一对。
▪ [VN to inf]
»His father meant him to be an engineer.
他父亲想让他当工程师。
»She did everything to get the ten of them together, but I guess it just wasnˈt meant to be.
她极力撮合他们俩,但我觉得那根本不可能。
›› HAVE AS RESULT 有结果 5. to have sth as a result or a likely result • 产生…结果;意味着 【SYN】 entail : ▪ [VN]
»Spending too much now will mean a shortage of cash next year.
现在花销太多就意味着明年现金短缺。
▪ [VN to inf]
»Do you have any idea what it means to be poor?
你知不知道贫穷意味着什么?
▪ [V (that)]
»Weˈll have to be careful with money but that doesnˈt mean (that) we canˈt enjoy ourselves.
我们必须精打细算,可也并不是说我们就不能过得快乐。
▪ [V -ing]
»This new order will mean working overtime.
这新订单一来,我们就得加班加点。
▪ [VN -ing]
»The injury could mean him missing next weekˈs game.
这次受伤可能使他无法参加下周的比赛。
›› BE IMPORTANT 重要 6. [VN] [no passive] mean sth to sb to be of value or importance to sb • 对某人重要(或有价值):
»Your friendship means a great deal to me.
你的友谊对我来说是很珍贵的。
»$20 means a lot (= represents a lot of money) when you live on $100 a week.
当你每周就靠 100 元维持生活时,20 元可是个大数目。
»Money means nothing to him.
金钱对于他来说毫无价值。
»Her children mean the world to her.
她的孩子就是她的一切。
【IDIOMS】 be meant to be sth • to be generally considered to be sth • 被普遍认为是:
»This restaurant is meant to be excellent.
都说这家饭店很棒。
I mean • (informal) used to explain or correct what you have just said • (解释或更正刚说过的话)我是说,意思是说:
»It was so boring—I mean, nothing happened for the first hour!
真是无聊——我是说,一个小时都过去了,什么事儿都没发生。
»Sheˈs English—Scottish, I mean.
她是英国人——更确切地说,她是苏格兰人。
mean ˈbusiness •(informal) to be serious in your intentions • 是认真的;说话算数:
»He has the look of a man who means business.
他看上去像是个说话算数的人。
mean (sb) no ˈharm | not mean (sb) any ˈharm • to not have any intention of hurting sb • 没有恶意;并非出于恶意 mean to ˈsay • used to emphasize what you are saying or to ask sb if they really mean what they say • (强调要说的话,或问对方是否真是这个意思)意思是说:
»I mean to say, you should have known how he would react!
我的意思是说,你本应料到他会作何反应!
»Do you mean to say youˈve lost it?
你是说你把那东西给弄丢了?
ˈmean well •(usually disapproving) to have good intentions, although their effect may not be good • 本意是好的;出于好心 adj. (mean∙er, mean∙est) ›› NOT GENEROUS 吝啬 1. (BrE) (NAmE cheap) not willing to give or share things, especially money • 吝啬的;小气的:
»Sheˈs always been mean with money.
她在花钱方面总是非常吝啬。
【OPP】 generous --› see also stingy ›› UNKIND 卑鄙 2. mean (to sb) (of people or their behaviour 人或其行为) unkind, for example by not letting sb have or do sth • 不善良;刻薄:
»Donˈt be so mean to your little brother!
别对你弟弟那么刻薄!
›› ANGRY / VIOLENT 愤怒;凶暴 3. (especially NAmE) likely to become angry or violent • 要发怒的;要发狂的:
»Thatˈs a mean-looking dog.
那狗看上去很凶啊。
›› SKILFUL 熟练 4. (informal, especially NAmE) very good and skilful • 熟练的;出色的:
»Heˈs a mean tennis player.
他是一名出色的网球选手。
»She plays a mean game of chess.
她的国际象棋下得很棒。
›› AVERAGE 平均 5. [only before noun] (technical 术语) average; between the highest and the lowest, etc. • 平均的;介于中间的:
»the mean temperature
平均气温
›› INTELLIGENCE 智力 6. (formal) (of a personˈs understanding or ability 人的理解力或能力) not very great • 平庸的;一般的:
»This should be clear even to the meanest intelligence.
就是对智力最平庸的人来说,这也应当是非常明了的。
›› POOR 低劣 7. (literary) poor and dirty in appearance • 低劣而肮脏的:
»mean houses / streets
脏乱的房屋/街道
8. (old-fashioned) born into or coming from a low social class • 出身卑贱的;社会地位低下的 mean∙ly adj. mean∙ness noun be no mean... • (approving) used to say that sb is very good at doing sth • 了不起;很出色:
»His mother was a painter, and heˈs no mean artist himself.
他的母亲是画家,他本人也是很出色的艺术家。
noun --› see also [u]means
›› MIDDLE WAY 中间 1. mean (between A and B) a quality, condition, or way of doing sth that is in the middle of ten extremes and better than either of them • 中间;中庸;折衷:
»He needed to find a mean between frankness and rudeness.
他需要在坦诚与唐突之间找到折衷的方法。
›› AVERAGE 平均 2. (also arithˌmetic ˈmean) (mathematics 数) the value found by adding together all the numbers in a group, and dividing the total by the number of numbers • 平均数;平均值;算术中项 3. (also geoˈmetric mean) (mathematics 数) a value between ten extreme values, found by adding them together and dividing the total by 2 • 几何平均;等比中数 the happy / golden ˈmean •(approving) a course of action that is not extreme • 中庸之道
* * *
[mi:n, min]
adj. 低劣的, 卑鄙的, 普通的, 吝嗇的, 簡陋的, 平均的, 慚愧的, 不舒服的
vt. 意謂, 想要, 預定
vi. 用意, 有意義
n. 平均數, 中間, 中庸

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