from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense and past participle of mean1.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of mean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of mean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit and past participle of mean.


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  • This new face which Nature turned to him was a glorified face, and some way _it meant what he meant_.

    Romance Island

  • And you meant to write, ... you _meant_! and went to walk in 'Poet's lane' instead, (in the 'Aonius of Highgate') which I remember to have read of -- does not Hunt speak of it in his Memoirs?

    The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846

  • _meant_ well, of course he had to suffer; but when a king said one thing, was he not to be supposed to have meant another?

    Prince Prigio

  • I’m told this because they weren’t meant to be stuck together like that and had they been meant* to be this way we wouldn’t have been born with nerves that run down along the sides of each toe.

    Syndactyly (Webbed Toes/Fingers) Forums

  • Surely they not only meant, but _must have meant_, the front that _then_ was, in other words, the west front as it is _now_. "

    The Cathedral Church of Peterborough A Description Of Its Fabric And A Brief History Of The Episcopal See

  • In that context the term meant a noble person, as in nobleman, i.e. a member of the nobility.

    Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.: 'Tis The Season -- With Confucius

  • The term meant the U.S. might have to tolerate the inevitable “bakshish,” the small cost-of-doing-business bribes that were part of Afghan culture.

    Obama’s Wars

  • Initially the term meant the oppressed nations living under the yoke of the Islamic empire.

    The Coming Revolution

  • The United States was holding hundreds of alleged terrorists in a detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, some of them in solitary confinement and many designated as “illegal enemy combatants,” a term meant to exempt them from the rights and protections that were supposed to be accorded to prisoners of war.

    The Great Experiment

  • Often now sold as "captive bred," a term meant to muster either images of happy iguanas romping on farms or in state-of-the-art iguana laboratories, most often this actually means nothing more than someone paying pennies to have plywood walls hammered in place around trees in tropical jungles, the young iguanas "harvested" like peaches and then shipped to the U.S., European and Asian markets.

    The Full Feed from


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