mean

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mean is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
mean

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
mean

Third person singular
means

Simple past
meant

Past participle
meant

Present participle
meaning

  1. (transitive) A word means something when the word expresses the same idea as the other something.
    Slay means kill. Both of them mean to make dead.

Adjective[change]

Positive
mean

Comparative
meaner

Superlative
meanest

  1. When you are a mean person, you are not nice.
    The boys who hit you were very mean.

Noun[change]

Singular
mean

Plural
means

  1. The mean is a measure of the average of a list of numbers. The sum total of the numbers divided by how many numbers in the list.
    The mean of the numbers 2,3,4 is 3. (2+3+4)/3 = 9/3 = 3.