Phrases with the verb "to mean"

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Conditional Tense

Mean (Conditional)

To have fallen short in such knowledge would have meant being branded either as ill-bred, or as a stranger; and strangers were not admitted to familiar intercourse or councils, or confidences.

Had it truly been so, it would have meant a black mark against him, perhaps discharge and the outlook for an unemployed man is bitter just at present.

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.

If we had had any more rain it would have meant going round by the Rocky Waterhole, and that’s far from being a part of the country that I care about.

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

Once again my brain began to worry after something that would have meant something if it had been properly spelled.

He appeared to hesitate: for a moment it seemed as if he were going straight on, which would mean fresh uncertainty.

They have a horror of speculation, and shrink from taking risks and making ventures, the failure of which would mean loss or ruin to others.

It was dark, but to light a match would mean death instantly, and without the match it must be death by suffocation and poison of gas in a very few minutes.

Any improvement would mean less crowding, and hence less profit.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Pluperfect Tense

Mean (Pluperfect)

Nay, if you had meant to make a footcloth of your mantle, better have kept Tracy’s old drab-de-bure, which despises all colours.

He had not meant to see Sylvia again; he dreaded the look of her hatred, her scorn, but there, outside her mother’s bed, she lay, apparently asleep.

No, decidedly she could not speak; she no longer even knew what she had meant to say .

He had not meant to bring Mrs. Rebell to this spot, but silently he opened the little iron gate, and stood holding it back for her to pass through into the narrow rose-bordered way.

She had not meant to go far—only out on to the garden-seat, where she might sit and think.

Jack had not meant to be cruel, but he was quick-tempered; he resented the treatment he had received.

He received me very gleefully; he had been meaning to go and see a neighbour, but I myself stopped him.

Because marriage had meant only Donal and the dream, and being saved from the world this one man had represented to her girl mind.

You mean that that kind of society life doesn’t conduce to activity of mind—to sincerity, shall we say?” Ada had meant this, but it did not exactly please her to hear it from Lacour’s lips.

She understood now what her father had meant when he said that he was “accursed;” but she could not help wondering whether the brandy had anything to do with his “indigestion.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Future Tense

Mean (Future)

I can make him understand what I mean and what others will mean without fighting him.

I have a premonition that the third time will mean death.

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.

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

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

Though it may and probably will mean row after row.

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.

Hideous subject! Even to you I shrink from putting the word on paper, but I anticipate that this lack of money will mean trouble for both Rose and Marius. The Lyndwoods were ever thriftless.

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

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

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Perfect Tense

Mean (Perfect)

It might have meant promotion — oh, and quite a number of desirable things, from your point of view.

But she has meant to let you know for some time.

To me the pleasure of knowing is so great, so WONDERFUL— nothing has meant so much to me in all life, as certain knowledge — no, I am sure — nothing.

I wonder if Benjy was an accomplice--” “Dear Georgie!” remonstrated Lucia. Georgie blushed at the idea that he could have meant anything so indelicate.

Presently some Russian novelist will tell us all that this has meant to heart and mind in Russia. This year it may not be quite so bad as that.

Was that gracious?” “Whatever I may have meant to say, I did not say that.

It’s quite true that my way of behaving has meant more than ordinary friendship.

If so, when Homer spoke of large circular shields he may have meant large circular shields.

He may have meant to make it all right eventually, and left it too late: I don’t know.

The old lady had brought that great period of French letters very near; a period which has meant so much in the personal life of everyone to whom French literature has meant anything at all.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Present Tense

Mean (Present)

He does not mean anything honest.

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.

Bunyan does not mean that anyone really could do all this, but he assumes the possibility; yet he says if the man slipped once before he died, he would eternally perish.

This does not mean that antiquity is more antiquity, it means that the origin of eating is eating and the renewal of the wading is not swimming.

That does not mean that he cannot help to bring the new society into being, but he can take no part in the process as a writer.

I suppose he does not mean to sell out of the army altogether.

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.

Certainly Meredith suffers from applying a complex method to men and things he does not mean to be complex; nay, honestly admires for being simple.

Rectangular ribbon does not mean that there is no eruption it means that if there is no place to hold there is no place to spread.

But he does not mean what you think.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Imperfect Tense

Mean (Imperfect)

But a spark of his ancient spirit seemed to kindle in his bosom, as it was clear he did not mean to survive his disgrace.

And I did not mean to be helped any more.

Hirst cleared a space on the ground by Helen’s side, and seated himself with great deliberation, as if he did not mean to move until he had talked to her for a long time.

But I did not mean that,” said Eleanor. “But about the hospital, Papa?” “Yes, my dear.

I did not mean to call anybody a beggar.

But I did not mean to drift into these politics; rather to tell you what I have done since I last wrote.

I did not mean to move my camp that day, and I was standing outside my tent in my shirt-sleeves.

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

He thought of her, sketchily, spending an evening of light amusement with the symbolical Richard. That did not mean much to him.

Oh yes; she was meaning lunch.

Examples of verb "to mean" in the Gerund Form

Mean (Gerund)

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.

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.

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

You always think people are meaning things for you.

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.

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


I designed to imply that the deductions are the sole proper ones, and that the suspicion arises inevitably from them as the single result.


But at Al-Madinah discovery would entail more serious consequences.


I tell you she has led him on, or accepted him, if you like, simply because she was thinking of her father.


He looked speculatively at Mr. Jones, who, of course, had never for a moment taken his eyes from his intended victim.


Each day for fourteen days they had averaged forty miles.


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.


Europe was all involved therein.


It required that he should see her to know fully the sinner he had been.


She told him she had known the torture of hopes and fears, and was resolved to spare him that agony.


But, he realized, even in his panic he had not wanted to smudge the creamy paper by shutting the book while the ink was wet.


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.


The dip-dial translates them on the tape in flowing freehand.


The part which comes over the spot seems to start in advance of the rest of the bar, and this would seem to indicate a greater rapidity of sensation at the yellow spot than in the surrounding retina.


We are whimsically constituted beings.


I argued that unless I had a very clear part with a big bluff in it I wouldn’t get the confidences which I needed.


Of course, we use the term ‘squatter’ indifferently to denote a station-owner, a managing partner, or a salaried manager.


It represented with a moderate degree of certainty a young woman without clothes.


A thorough overhauling of the wagons by father had resulted in finding five pounds of powder.


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


The combination of these two names was included in every-day speech, in articles, poems, and folk-ditties.


I should have made a good Indian, if I had been born in a wigwam.


You seem to me colder than a lump of stone; but I am willing to believe that you may at some time have loved a cat, or a dog, or a child.


She felt as she imagined a condemned criminal would feel when awaiting the morning of his execution.


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