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adjective as in ungenerous

noun as in average

verb as in have in mind; intend

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The term “off-roading” means different things to different people.

The most recent data, through Tuesday, indicates that about 53 percent of deaths have occurred in blue states — meaning that 47 percent have occurred in red ones.

Some states are also mandated to remove voters deemed “inactive,” meaning they didn’t respond to a mailer sent to confirm their address and haven’t voted in the last few elections.

I mean, I thought I’d take it right off the table right this very minute.

One doctor said some patients attacked their peers or employees as a way to get out of the hospital, even if it meant going to jail.

I mean, physically, mentally, you know, in every way, shape, and form.

What they actually mean by that is, you know, he actually knows some people that are poor.

What does Bondi mean that clerks now should “determine how to proceed”?

What is most troubling is our – and I do mean “our” and not “their” – never treating these situations as learning opportunities.

They want Marvin to be as mean and as lonely and as trashy as the characters he portrays.

Hilda, trembling at the door, more than half expected Mr. Orgreave to say: "You mean, she's invited herself."

He wanted to tell her that if she called her father, it would mean the end of everything for them, but he withheld this.

It was difficult, with the mean appliances of the time, to wring subsistence from the reluctant earth.

With Bacon, experientia does not always mean observation; and may mean either experience or experiment.

My husband detests them; on the contrary, I like those carriages, for they tell me of happy—I mean to say, of former times.


On this page you'll find 500 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to mean, such as: greedy, selfish, close, mercenary, penny-pinching, and mingy.

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