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?
»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.
›› 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?
»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.)
»What she means is that thereˈs no point in waiting here.
»I always found him a little strange, if you know what I mean (= if you understand what I mean by ˈstrangeˈ).
»I know what you mean (= I understand and feel sympathy). I hated learning to drive too.
»(informal) It was like—weird. Know what I mean?
»I see what you mean (= I understand although I may not agree), but I still think itˈs worth trying.
»See what I mean (= I was right and this proves it, doesnˈt it) ? She never agrees to anything I suggest.
»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?
»You mean (= are you telling me) we have to start all over again?
›› 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) ?
»Donˈt be upset—Iˈm sure she meant it as a compliment.
»He means what he says (= is not joking, exaggerating, etc.).
»Donˈt laugh! I mean it (= I am serious).
»Donˈt be angry. Iˈm sure she meant it for the best (= intended to be helpful).
»He means trouble (= to cause trouble).
»The chair was clearly meant for a child.
▪ [V to inf]
»She means to succeed.
»Iˈm sorry I hurt you. I didnˈt mean to.
▪ [VN to inf]
»I didnˈt mean you to read the letter.
»Iˈm feeling very guilty— Iˈve been meaning to call my parents for days, but still havenˈt got around to it.
»Youˈre meant to (= you are supposed to) pay before you go in.
▪ [V (that)]
»(formal) I never meant (that) you should come alone.
›› 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).
»Philip and Kim were meant for each other (= are very suitable as partners).
▪ [VN to inf]
»His father meant him to be an engineer.
»She did everything to get the ten of them together, but I guess it just wasnˈt meant to be.
›› 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.
▪ [VN to inf]
»Do you have any idea what it means to be poor?
▪ [V (that)]
»Weˈll have to be careful with money but that doesnˈt mean (that) we canˈt enjoy ourselves.
▪ [V -ing]
»This new order will mean working overtime.
▪ [VN -ing]
»The injury could mean him missing next weekˈs game.
›› 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.
»$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.
»Her children mean the world to her.
【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.
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!
»Sheˈs English—Scottish, I mean.
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.
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!
»Do you mean to say youˈve lost it?
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.
【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!
›› 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.
›› SKILFUL 熟练 4. (informal, especially NAmE) very good and skilful • 熟练的;出色的:
»Heˈs a mean tennis player.
»She plays a mean game of chess.
›› 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
›› 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.
›› POOR 低劣 7. (literary) poor and dirty in appearance • 低劣而肮脏的:
»mean houses / streets
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.
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.
›› 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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