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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmiːnɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈminɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(mēning)


From the verb mean: (⇒ conjugate)
meaning is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
meaning - intention - opinion
‘meaning’
The meaning of a word, expression, or gesture is the thing or idea that it refers to or represents.
The word ‘guide’ is used with various meanings.
This gesture has the same meaning throughout Italy.
The meaning of what someone says is what they intend to express.
The meaning of his remark was clear.
‘intention’
Don't use ‘meaning’ to refer to what someone intends to do. Don't say, for example, ‘His meaning was to leave without paying’. Say ‘His intention was to leave without paying’.
Their intention is to finish the work by Friday.
‘opinion’
Don't use ‘meaning’ to refer to what someone thinks about something. Don't say, for example, ‘I think he should go. What’s your meaning?' You say ‘I think he should go. What’s your opinion?'
My opinion is that this is completely the wrong thing to do.
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
mean
The past tense and -ed participle of the verb mean is meant /ment/.
You use mean when you are talking or asking about the meaning of a word or expression.
What does ‘imperialism’ mean?
‘Pandemonium’ means ‘the place of all devils’.
Be careful
You must use the auxiliary verb does in questions like these. Don't say, for example, ‘What means `imperialism’?'
You can use mean with an -ing form to say what an attitude or type of behaviour involves.
Healthy living means being physically and mentally healthy.
I've got to do the right thing, even if it means taking a risk.
What someone means is what they are referring to or intend to say.
That friend of Sami's was there. Do you know the one I mean?
I thought you meant that you wanted some more to eat.
Be careful
Don't use ‘mean’ to talk about what people think or believe. Don't say, for example, ‘Most people mean he should resign’. Say ‘Most people think he should resign’.
I think a woman has as much right to work as a man.
Most scientists believe that climate change is caused by human activity.
In conversation, you can use ‘I mean’ to explain or correct something that you have just said.
So what happens now? With your job, I mean.
I don't want to go. I mean, I want to, but I can't.
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