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      vb   , means, meaning, meant   mainly tr  
1    may take a clause as object or an infinitive   to intend to convey or express  
2    may take a clause as object or an infinitive   intend  
she didn't mean to hurt it     
3    may take a clause as object   to say or do in all seriousness  
the boss means what he says about strikes     
4    often passive; often foll by: for   to destine or design (for a certain person or purpose)  
she was meant for greater things     
5    may take a clause as object   to denote or connote; signify; represent  
examples help show exactly what a word means     
6    may take a clause as object   to produce; cause  
the weather will mean long traffic delays     
7    may take a clause as object   to foretell; portend  
those dark clouds mean rain     
8    to have the importance of  
money means nothing to him     
9    intr   to have the intention of behaving or acting (esp. in the phrases mean well or mean ill)  
10    mean business   to be in earnest  
     (Old English mænan; compare Old Saxon menian to intend, Dutch meenen)  
In standard English, mean should not be followed by for when expressing intention: I didn't mean this to happen (not I didn't mean for this to happen)  
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