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I [miːn]
vt meant pt, pp
1) (signify) significare, voler dire

what does that word mean? — che significa quella parola?

what does "trap" mean? — cosa significa "trap"?

what do you mean by that? — cosa vuoi dire con questo?

you don't mean that, do you? — non parli sul serio, vero?

do you really mean it? — dici sul serio?

he said it as if he meant it — l'ha detto senza scherzare or sul serio

I mean what I say — parlo sul serio

it means a lot of expense for us — per noi questo vuol dire una grossa spesa

the play didn't mean a thing to me — la commedia non mi ha detto niente

her name means nothing to me — il suo nome non mi dice niente

you mean a lot to me — significhi molto per me

your friendship means a lot to me — la tua amicizia è molto importante per me

he means nothing to me — non conta niente per me

2) (intend) intendere

to mean to do sth — aver l'intenzione di fare qc, intendere fare qc

to be meant for — essere destinato (-a) a

I meant it for her — era destinato a lei

that's not what I meant — non era quello che intendevo

I meant it as a joke — volevo solo scherzare

he means what he says — parla sul serio

do you really mean it? — parli sul serio?

what do you mean to do? — cosa intendi fare?, cosa pensi di fare?

he didn't mean to do it — non intendeva or non era sua intenzione farlo

I didn't mean to hurt you — non volevo farti del male

do you mean me? — (are you speaking to me?) dici a me?, (about me) ti riferisci a me?, intendi me?

was that remark meant for me? — quell'osservazione era diretta a me?

Roberta is meant to do it — è Roberta che lo deve fare

I mean to be obeyed — intendo essere ubbidito

he means well — le sue intenzioni sono buone

II [miːn] adj
-er comp -est superl
1) (with money) avaro (-a), spilorcio (-a), gretto (-a)

mean with — avaro (-a) con

he's too mean to buy presents — è troppo avaro per comprare regali

2) (unkind, spiteful) meschino (-a), maligno (-a)

a mean trick — uno scherzo ignobile

that's a really mean thing to say! — che cosa meschina da dire!

you're being mean to me — sei cattivo con me

you mean thing! fam — che meschino!

it made me feel mean — mi ha fatto sentire un verme

3) (Am: vicious: animal) cattivo (-a), (person) perfido (-a)
4) (poor: appearance, district) misero (-a)

she's no mean cook — è una cuoca tutt'altro che disprezzabile

III [miːn]
1. n
(middle term) mezzo, Math media

the golden or happy mean — il giusto mezzo

2. adj
(average) medio (-a)

English-Italian dictionary. 2013.

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