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- 1 - Not generous (with money etc)
- mezquino, tacaño, agarrado
He’s very mean (with his money / over pay).
- 2 - Likely or intending to cause harm or annoyance
- mezquino, malo
It is mean to tell lies.
- 3 - (especially American) bad-tempered, vicious or cruel
- malo, malhumorado
a mean mood.
- 4- (of a house etc) of poor quality; humble
- humilde, pobre
a mean dwelling.
- Meanly adverb
- De forma mezquina
She meanly tricked him out of the money.
- Meanness noun
- ›tacañería, mezquinidad
- meanie noun ( meany)
- › (slang) a mean, bad and selfish person.
- Mala persona
Don’t be such a meanie!
- (past tense, past participle meant /ment/)
- 1- to (intend to) express, show or indicate
- querer decir
’Bleu’ means ’blue’ in French
What do you mean by (saying/doing) that?
- 2 - to intend
- tener la intención, tener pensado
I meant to go to the exhibition but forgot
For whom was that letter meant?
He means (= is determined) to be a rich man some day.
- 3. meaning noun
- › the sense in which a statement, action, word etc is (intended to be) understood
What is the meaning of this phrase?
What is the meaning of his behaviour?
- 4.meaningful adjective
- › (often used loosely) important in some way
- a meaningful statement/relationship.
- 5. meaningless adjective
- › without meaning or reason; of no importance
- sin sentido
- be meant to›
- to be required or supposed; to have to
- suponer, deber, tener que
The child is meant to be asleep!
- 6. mean well
- › to have good intentions
- tener buenas intenciones
He meant well by what he said.
Means (plural noun)
means noun plural /miːnz/
- 1. money available or necessary for living etc
- medios de vida, recursos económicos, ingresos
She’s a person of considerable means.
- 2. a man of means noun
- › a wealthy or rich man.
- un hombre con dinero, un hombre acaudalado
Means (Singular or plural noun)
- 1. the instrument(s), method(s) etc by which a thing is, or may be, done or made to happen
- medio, manera
By what means can we find out?
- 2.by all means
- › yes, of course
- naturalmente, por supuesto
If you want to use the telephone, by all means do.
- 3. by means of
- › using
- por medio de, mediante
We escaped by means of a secret tunnel.
- 4. by no means
- › definitely not
- de ninguna manera
’Can I go home now?’ ’By no means!
- › (also not by any means) not at all
- de ningún modo
I’m by no means certain to win.
Ways and means
- ways and means noun plural
- › methods, especially of providing money
There are various ways and means of finding out the truth.
beyond one’s means
- too expensive(ly)
- por encima de las posibilidades de uno
A painting by Picasso is beyond my means.
He lives well beyond his means (= he spends more money than he earns).