What is another word for mean?

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To signify or convey an object or idea
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“The refrigerator is almost empty, which will mean I have to go shopping for groceries again.”
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To have intentions for a given outcome
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“Cersei and Jaime probably didn't mean to have kids, but that's how it happened to pan out.”
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(usually used in past participle form) To design or destine for a particular purpose
“The provision which I mean for him will be a humble one, and he will need to rely upon his own efforts.”
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To have as a consequence or result
“The expected boom in the economy will mean greater prosperity for everyone.”
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To have as a necessity due to a given circumstance
“The impending deadline will mean us having to work harder than ever to meet it.”
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To be important (to)
“It would mean a lot to me if you agreed to be my bridesmaid at my wedding.”
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To foretell based on available information
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“When the clouds are dark and heavy, that will mean an approaching storm.”
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Appear to be or do something, especially falsely
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To be influential
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To conceive or see something within one's mind
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Appoint to a job or position
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To show (someone) to be involved in something
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Having an unkind or spiteful character or nature
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“Everyone in school was mean to Hannah except for Clay who was a nice guy.”
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(especially of a place) Poor in quality and appearance
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“Real-estate prices were high, and the couple could only afford a mean apartment on the rough side of town.”
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Inferior in mental capacity
“He was a man of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper.”
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Of low birth or social class
“Jon was outwardly a man of mean birth, yet commanded the respect of all before him.”
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Very skillful or effective
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“Kanye is certainly a mean wordsmith, arguably better than Marshall.”
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Contemptible in nature
“Pulling the chair out from under him was a really mean thing to do.”
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(chiefly Britain) Unwilling to give or share, especially with money
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“The waiters would always grumble about mean customers who were stingy with tips.”
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(of a quantity) Calculated as a mean or average
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“Tropical climates have a mean temperature that is higher than that found in polar climates.”
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Sinister or evil in nature
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The best of its kind or class
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Contemptuously ridiculing or mocking someone or something
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Full of aggression or hostility
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(of a person, action, or motive) Making decisions based solely on one's own self-interest or personal profit
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Having narrow selfish attitudes
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Humble or lower in rank or status
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Pitiful or deplorable
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Small (especially contemptibly small) in amount
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Behaving or done in a cautious and surreptitious manner, so as not to be seen or heard
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Empty or not occupied
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Deft, dexterous, or skillful
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Causing annoyance or bother
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Using, exercising or showing caution
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Coming after, less important than, or resulting from someone or something else that is primary
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Weak and unhealthy
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Unwilling to be taught or instructed
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Stubbornly, and usually unreasonably, holding to an opinion, decision or purpose