Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun mean

1 sense of mean

Sense 1
mean, mean value -- (an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n)
       => average, norm -- (a statistic describing the location of a distribution; "it set the norm for American homes")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb mean

7 senses of mean

Sense 1
mean, intend -- (mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?")
       => convey -- (make known; pass on, of information; "She conveyed the message to me")

Sense 2
entail, imply, mean -- (have as a logical consequence; "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers")
       => necessitate -- (cause to be a concomitant)

Sense 3
mean, intend, signify, stand for -- (denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means")

Sense 4
intend, mean, think -- (have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night")

Sense 5
mean -- (have a specified degree of importance; "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything")

Sense 6
think of, have in mind, mean -- (intend to refer to; "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!")
       => associate, tie in, relate, link, colligate, link up, connect -- (make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all")

Sense 7
mean -- (destine or designate for a certain purpose; "These flowers were meant for you")
       => intend, destine, designate, specify -- (design or destine; "She was intended to become the director")

Antonyms of adj mean

8 senses of mean

Sense 1
average, mean (prenominal) -- (approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall")

INDIRECT (VIA normal) -> abnormal, unnatural -- (not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm; "abnormal powers of concentration"; "abnormal amounts of rain"; "abnormal circumstances"; "an abnormal interest in food")

Sense 2
hateful, mean -- (characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood")

INDIRECT (VIA nasty) -> nice -- (pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance; "what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so nasty"- George Meredith; "nice manners"; "a nice dress"; "a nice face"; "a nice day"; "had a nice time at the party"; "the corn and tomatoes are nice today")

Sense 3
base, mean, meanspirited -- (having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics")

INDIRECT (VIA ignoble) -> noble -- (having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds")

Sense 4
mean -- (excellent; "famous for a mean backhand")

INDIRECT (VIA skilled) -> unskilled -- (not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship")

Sense 5
beggarly, mean -- (marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut")

INDIRECT (VIA poor) -> rich -- (suggestive of or characterized by great expense; "a rich display")

Sense 6
mean, mingy, miserly, tight -- ((used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip")

INDIRECT (VIA stingy) -> generous -- (willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation")

Sense 7
beggarly, mean -- ((used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt)

INDIRECT (VIA stingy) -> generous -- (willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation")

Sense 8
bastardly, mean -- (of no value or worth; "I was caught in the bastardly traffic")

INDIRECT (VIA contemptible) -> estimable -- (deserving of respect or high regard)

Similarity of adj mean

8 senses of mean

Sense 1
average, mean (prenominal) -- (approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall")
       => normal (vs. abnormal) -- (conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal; "serve wine at normal room temperature"; "normal diplomatic relations"; "normal working hours"; "normal word order"; "normal curiosity"; "the normal course of events")

Sense 2
hateful, mean -- (characterized by malice; "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood")
       => nasty (vs. nice), awful -- (offensive or even (of persons) malicious; "in a nasty mood"; "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound)

Sense 3
base, mean, meanspirited -- (having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage"; "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics")
       => ignoble (vs. noble) -- (completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose; "something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude"; "I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part"- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

Sense 4
mean -- (excellent; "famous for a mean backhand")
       => skilled (vs. unskilled) -- (having or showing or requiring special skill; "only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team"; "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience"; "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow"; "a skilled trade")

Sense 5
beggarly, mean -- (marked by poverty befitting a beggar; "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut")
       => poor (vs. rich) -- (characterized by or indicating poverty; "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town")

Sense 6
mean, mingy, miserly, tight -- ((used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip")
       => stingy (vs. generous), ungenerous -- (unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds")

Sense 7
beggarly, mean -- ((used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt)
       => stingy (vs. generous), ungenerous -- (unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds")

Sense 8
bastardly, mean -- (of no value or worth; "I was caught in the bastardly traffic")
       => contemptible (vs. estimable) -- (deserving of contempt or scorn)

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