• To intend.
  • To convey (a meaning).
  • To have conviction in (something said or expressed); to be sincere in (what one says).
  • To cause or produce (a given result); to bring about (a given result).
  • To be of some level of importance.
  • To lament.




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  • From Middle English menen ("to intend; remember; lament; comfort"), from Old English mǣnan ("to mean, signify; lament"), Proto-West Germanic *mainijan, from Proto-Germanic *mainijaną ("to mean, think; lament"), from Proto-Indo-European *meyn- ("to think"), or perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *meyno-, extended form of Proto-Indo-European *mey-.
  • Germanic cognates include West Frisian miene ("to deem, think") (Old Frisian mēna), Dutch menen ("to believe, think, mean") (Middle Dutch menen), German meinen, Old Saxon mēnian. Indo-European cognates include Old Irish mían ("wish, desire") and Polish mienić. Related to moan.
  • From Middle English mene, imene, from Old English mǣne, ġemǣne, from Proto-West Germanic *gamainī, from Proto-Germanic *gamainiz ("common"), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- ("to change, exchange, share").
  • Cognate with West Frisian mien ("general, universal"), Dutch gemeen ("common, mean"), German gemein ("common, mean, nasty"), Danish gemen, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃 ("common, unclean"), Latin commūnis ("shared, common, general") (Old Latin comoinem).
  • From Middle English meene, borrowed from Old French meien (French moyen), Late Latin mediānus ("that is in the middle, middle"), from Latin medius ("middle"). Cognate with mid. For the musical sense, compare the cognate Italian mezzano. median, and mizzen.

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