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mean

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being about midway between extremes of amount or size
  • For the state of Florida, what is the mean number of sunny days per month?
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mean, ignoble, abject, sordid mean being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity. mean suggests small-mindedness, ill temper, or cupidity.
    • mean and petty satire
ignoble suggests a loss or lack of some essential high quality of mind or spirit.
    • an ignoble scramble after material possessions
abject may imply degradation, debasement, or servility.
    • abject poverty
sordid is stronger than all of these in stressing physical or spiritual degradation and abjectness.
    • a sordid story of murder and revenge

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mean

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1 belonging to the class of people of low social or economic rank
  • Alexander Hamilton seems to have had feelings of inferiority because of his mean origins.
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7 showing signs of advanced wear and tear and neglect
  • He worked hard to escape the mean neighborhood of his youth.
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gone to seed

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mean, ignoble, abject, sordid mean being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity. mean suggests small-mindedness, ill temper, or cupidity.
    • mean and petty satire
ignoble suggests a loss or lack of some essential high quality of mind or spirit.
    • an ignoble scramble after material possessions
abject may imply degradation, debasement, or servility.
    • abject poverty
sordid is stronger than all of these in stressing physical or spiritual degradation and abjectness.
    • a sordid story of murder and revenge

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mean

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1 a middle point between extremes
  • That candidate's moderate views were seen as the mean that voters were looking for.
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middle of the road

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2 means plural an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result
  • She won the competition by fair and honest means.
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mean

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1 to communicate or convey (as an idea) to the mind
  • The national anthem means various things to various people.
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2 to be of importance
  • Your presence at my graduation would mean a lot to me.
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carry weight, cut ice

3 to have in mind as a purpose or goal
  • I mean to win this race.
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figure on

4 to serve as a sign or symptom of
  • These colder nights mean autumn has truly arrived.
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