Phrases with the verb "to mean"

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Conditional Tense

Mean (Conditional)

For they would mean loss of money, which is desirable, loss of fame which is universally held to be agreeable, and censure and ridicule which are by no means negligible.

It would have meant terrible times and great loss of life, but no revolutionist hesitates at such things.

Moreover, if by chance she was recognised through any possible disguise, such a thing would mean the asking of leading questions.

He had a vague feeling that what he was about to hear would mean unhappiness for himself.

But that would mean Gilbert Blythe’s triumph on the morrow.

Her fall would mean infinitely more to her than any disgrace to him.

Orthodox Conservatives were unable to see this, because it comforted them to assume that Socialism “wouldn’t work”, and that the disappearance of capitalism would mean chaos and anarchy.

If he had resigned, as he threatened, it would have meant a new Cabinet crisis only sixteen weeks before the Constituent Assembly, and that we wanted to avoid.

Owing to the illness of one of his fellow-clerks, it was likely that he would get no holiday until later in the year, which would mean the postponement of their marriage.

So now we can come and go without alarming her unduly, for a shock to her would mean sudden death, and this, in Lucy’s weak condition, might be disastrous to her.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Pluperfect Tense

Mean (Pluperfect)

What did Scudder mean by steps? I thought of dock steps, but if he had meant that I didn’t think he would have mentioned the number.

As a matter of fact, I had not meant to ask him for anything else.

Meanwhile, the extreme liberal faction among the students claimed that his action had meant that he was heart and soul with them, as against the reactionaries.

I had not meant to tell you so much just yet, but it is you who have stumbled into this affair today, so we move forward a little more rapidly than I had thought.

And probably after all the chit had meant to go.

He had not meant to say anything that Neville would not like.

Now if Richardson had meant this, it might be granted at once that Lovelace is one of the greatest characters of fiction: and I do not deny that taken as this, meant or not meant, he is great.

He told himself that his enemy had meant no more than the Presbytery trial, but he could not lay the ghost.

She had not meant wrong; but .

Hayden had not meant to call for help, but later in the evening he petitioned Olivia to help him have lunch with the Windelbanks next day.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Future Tense

Mean (Future)

This strike will mean a period of great anxiety for me.

Their culmination will mean a revolution for the thinking world — a reversal of its whole stand toward matter and the forces that affect it.

I can see this is going to mean some fun for me.

If you turn the scorpion round, that will mean to me, when I return, that you have said yes.

Though it may and probably will mean row after row.

A fair rent means half that a man pays now; but in a few years’ time it will mean again whatever the new landlord may choose to ask.

If it intends that my statement SHALL refer to that identical Caesar, and that the attributes I have in mind shall mean his attributes, that intention suffices to make the statement true.

The absence of signalling will mean that you have found them.

I don’t know whether you have any idea what this change will mean to me.

Lo thou, they are taking the water, but they are making for the eyot and not our shore: son mine, this will mean a hazeled field in the long run; but now they will look for us to come to them therein.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Perfect Tense

Mean (Perfect)

I always loved the shape and show of the Hebrew character, and have meant to learn the language from 1877 onwards, but have not yet thoroughly mastered the alphabet.

He dropped on to a dummy barge and made off from one barge to another in what seemed an aimless direction, though he may have meant to get away at the stairs a little lower down the river.

Because Earl Russell not only knows it already, but has meant it from the start.

You must have meant to annoy me or you wouldn’t have pretended to suppose that it was the horse I wanted to see.

He said this to himself, but afterwards by means of shouting he conveyed an idea to the artist, “They must have meant it for a surprise,” he said.

I am as unhappy as you can ever have meant me to be.

His money, plentiful as it was, did not mean as much to her as it might have meant to some women; it simply spelled luxuries, without which she could exist if she must.

She thought you must have meant to put it there, and forgotten afterwards.

She made no comment, sat without moving, her eyes fixed on him with an expression that might have meant everything or nothing.

I will prove to you what this has meant to me.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Present Tense

Mean (Present)

This does not mean that I repeated his words and gestures a bit late, but that I learned from him to arrive independently at the same decision.

A hard, clear mind does not mean what we call a hard individual.

This means clearness, it means a regular notion of exercise, it means more than that, it means liking counting, it means more than that, it does not mean exchanging a line.

Jupiter does not mean thunder.

One should not blame him much, for he does not mean to do harm.

At all events we may take it for granted, that to “compass” does not mean to accomplish; but rather to “take in hand, to go about to effect.

This does not mean that he was a typical Frenchman; far from it.

Life does not mean to you what it meant five or ten or fifteen years ago.

It annoys the old ladies in Brighton, but it is a proof of their essential good sense; they realize that losing your job does not mean that you cease to be a human being.

A turn of the table does not mean that cups are there, it means that there is no loneliness and it means that the copy is not extreme when there is a frame.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Imperfect Tense

Mean (Imperfect)

He did not mean to try to speak to her — what was the use? — but to see her would be a bitter ecstasy; and he was in pursuit of all the ecstasies that night .

He did not mean to return till the evening, when the new school-teacher would have arrived and settled in, and everything would be smooth again.

He had been virgin when he married: and the sex part did not mean much to him.

It was pure romance, and charming—if only it did not mean sorrow to him and idle hopes.

You did not mean what you said, Austin? You do not really hate me?” I might have pitied this deformed woman—such a longing for love broke suddenly through the menace of her eyes.

I too take extreme delight in them; but I did not mean my compunction to carry me as far as Jacobus’s flower-beds, however beautiful and old.

Her father’s words were harsh, yet eminently practical; she knew he did not mean them unkindly, but that the continual pinch of poverty was sometimes greater than he could endure with patience.

He could still hear her, and he called: “Irene! Irene!” He did not mean to make his voice pathetic.

His followers manifestly did not mean either to upset or shoot him, but inexorably they drove him down, down.

But I did not mean to make even this slight departure from the main business of these papers, which is to confide my literary passions to the reader; he probably has had a great many of his own.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Gerund Form

Mean (Gerund)

And I know what you are meaning to do the morn at Glesca, and I wish you well of it.

No man when he first becomes interested in a woman has any definite scheme of engagement to marry her in his mind, unless he is meaning a vulgar mercenary marriage.

Let a man read carelessly, if he will, but not where he is meaning to use his reading for a purpose of wounding another man’s honor.

You always think people are meaning things for you.

If his father should find him playing truant! “Yes; did ye no ken he was in Skeighan? We come up thegither by the ten train, and are meaning to gang hame by this.

I’m not meaning to judge you, Miss Todd—” “But that’s just what you are meaning to do, Mr Maguire.” “Not at all; very far from it.

Other verbs and sentences related to "mean"

Verbs similar to mean


But I should be very sorry that anything I have said should be taken to imply a desire on my part to depreciate the value of classical education, as it might be and as it sometimes is.


This arrangement would entail a short walk daily to and from the manor-house of something under a mile.


But in time I reached the woods and was safe, for I did not think any German could equal me in wild country.


Considering that he intends to live upon the wealth which Sir Florian was generous enough to bestow upon me, this does seem to be strange! Of course I resented such interference.


So strong was the popular feeling, that no one once accused of witchcraft was acquitted; at least acquittals did not average one in a hundred trials.


I based no calculation on all Mrs. Harbottle had gone back to, just as I had based no calculation on her ten years’ companionship in arms when I kept her from the three o’clock train.


But he seems to me, like the Lydian, to open not only one gate against himself, but to involve Epicurus also in many and those the greatest doubts and difficulties.


Even when there was not a sou in the house, he required eggs, cutlets, light and nourishing things.


He had known this so long that he did not remember the day when he had not known it.


Ten chapters are drafted, and VIII. re-copied by me, but will want another dressing for luck.


One might almost say that the whole of the Comedie Humaine suggested things to its future panegyrist, who wrote his greatest novel in the years consecutive to Balzac’s death.


It had immediate popularity, and was translated into French 1530, English 1551, German 1524, Italian 1548, and Spanish 1790.


This was the whole arithmetical apparatus of the Mexicans, by the combination of which they were enabled to indicate any quantity.


But in searching carefully everywhere for the appetites of natural bodies this motion comes before us and ought, it seems, to constitute a species by itself.


He cut me short by asking if I proposed to argue with him.


He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.


Pansy only gazed at her, evidently much puzzled; and Isabel, taking advantage of it, began to represent to her the wretched consequences of disobeying her father.


Knowledge and work that shall result in acquisition, in pleasure, that is the god of the Race on this side of the planet where you find yourself.


It seemed to him rather treacherous to allow Mrs. Adair to disclose what Ethne herself evidently intended to conceal.


In the former category must by no means be included the six young men who were nominally under his guidance.


If you say that again you will make me repent of having married the best fellow in the world.


The king, who always believed everything the queen said, promised to do as she wished.


He would have felt relieved, had this even been the silence of the grave.


And precious glad the good, simple man was when I told him he was to leave the girl alone.