In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(represent, signify)(word/symbol) significar(symbol/word) querer decirwhat does this word mean? — ¿qué significa / qué quiere decir esta palabra?
- this sign means stop — esta señal quiere decir / significa que debes parar
- dark clouds mean rain — los nubarrones son señal de lluvia
- that means trouble — eso quiere decir que va a haber problemas
- in a competitive market, price means everything — en un mercado competitivo, el precio lo es todo
- that doesn't mean (that) he doesn't love you — eso no quiere decir que no te quiera
- to mean sth to sb
- does the number 0296 mean anything to you? — ¿el número 0296 te dice algo?
- fame means nothing/a lot to her — la fama la tiene sin cuidado/es muy importante para ella
- my children mean the world to me — mis hijos lo son todo / son muy importantes para mí
- The word also means a narrowing of the eyes so that you can get a clearer view, and an affliction where the eyes are not in line.
- ‘The last two words mean the same thing,’ I interrupted aggravatingly.
- What did you mean when you said her emotion seemed more genuine in the last chapter?
- The boy waved his hand in the air, indicating that he meant the alleyway, in which they stood.
- Tash looked after her, wondering what she could have meant by her words.
- Frass is an arcane English word meaning the excrement or droppings of insects.
- She seemed to sigh heavily, and, from all my experience, I knew that heavy sighs meant that you had something bad to say.
- He means that death repeals the whole implied adventure of being missing, and a certain tantalising ambiguity enters the picture.
- They took his remark as a joke although he had meant it as a spurn to their stupidity.
- The question is whether that means it intends to triple its workforce.
- Obviously the word meant something different to him than it did to her.
- In short, they are ‘blogs,’ an invented word meaning Web diarist.
- Cadet, a 17th Century French word meaning a young trainee in the armed forces or the police force, is commonly used in India.
- The use of the original Greek word to mean an instrument of music did not occur until the 5th century ad.
- The word error once meant a wandering or roving course.
- ‘Hey freak,’ Jesse greeted, his tone implying that he had meant it strictly as an insult.
- This could mean heaven, but most likely it represents a church.
- The word myco, is derived from the Greek word which means fungus.
- Matt never quite understood what he had meant by those words.
- And I understand perfectly what you mean about the characters being revolting.
- The word magazine derives from an Arabic word meaning a storehouse, a place where goods are laid up.
- The name comes from the Greek word lithos which means stone.
- The word patriotism comes from a Greek word meaning fatherland.
- The men had meant her clothing when they referred her to a boy.
- Confused, he suggests she means his brother, who has just married Lucy Steele.
- This word means fiery ones, in allusion, as is supposed, to their burning love.
- It was a slow kiss, intended to mean a promise of a future together.
- The word is Japanese, meaning tray planting, but the practice originated in China.
- Lenin named his small movement the Bolsheviks, a word meaning majority.
- ‘I did know what you meant this afternoon,’ referring to our earlier conversation.
- The word icon comes from the Greek word eikon, which means image.
- Oh yes, she meant the children she supposedly tutored in the day.
- The word once meant the description of a work of visual art within a poem, but has come to mean poetic description more generally.
- I'm not sure what Beckett meant by referring to our ‘showing off’, but let me now do so!
- I pressed the search button to see what the words meant and what language they were.
- ‘You're absolutely right ’, Devlin interrupted, genuinely getting what she meant.
- Parcours is a French word meaning the route, the trip or the journey.
- Andrew didn't really know what the results meant because he didn't know what the normal values for the tests would be.
- Ziana began to understand what her grandfather had meant by those words.
2.1(refer to, intend to say)(person) querer decirwhat do you mean? — ¿qué quieres decir (con eso)?
- I know exactly what you mean — te entiendo perfectamente
- that's not what I meant — no es eso lo que quise decir
- he's Swedish, I mean, Swiss — es sueco, (qué) digo, suizo
- I know who you mean — ya sé de quién hablas / a quién te refieres
- I don't know which one he meant — no sé a cuál se refería
- what do you mean you can't go? — ¿cómo que no puedes ir?
- what's that supposed to mean? — ¿a qué viene eso?
- I mean, what a nerve! — ¡pero qué descaro!
- Mike had the feeling that, deep down inside, she genuinely meant it.
- ‘Thank you,’ she said, and the genuine look in her eyes told me that she really meant it.
- Riley wasn't just saying the words, he meant them too.
- ‘I'm glad to hear it,’ he replied, and the genuine smile he gave me let me know he meant it.
- He knew these sounded empty, these words, but he meant them.
2.2(be serious about)decir en serioI mean what I say! — ¡va / lo digo en serio!
- don't worry, he didn't mean it — no te preocupes, no lo dijo en serio
3(equal, entail)significarthis means I can't take the day off — esto significa que no me puedo tomar el día libre
- being 40 doesn't mean I can't wear fashionable clothes any more — (el) que tenga 40 años no quiere decir que ya no me pueda vestir a la moda
- to mean -ing
- if we can't find it here, it means going into town — si no lo encontramos aquí, vamos a tener que ir al centro
- that would mean repainting the kitchen — eso supondría / implicaría que habría que volver a pintar la cocina
- Either way, being a performer meant being involved in the compositional process.
- A day out in Edinburgh does usually mean walking around the city, but suppose we just stayed in-doors.
4.1(intend)to mean to + inf
- I mean to succeed — mi intención es triunfar
- do you really mean to leave so early? — ¿realmente piensas salir tan temprano?
- I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do that — perdón, lo hice sin querer
- I didn't mean to make you cry — no fue mi intención hacerte llorar
- I meant to do it but I forgot — tenía toda la intención de hacerlo pero me olvidé
- I've been meaning to talk to you — hace tiempo que quiero hablar contigo
- I don't mean to pry, but … — no quiero pecar de entrometido pero …
- to mean sb/sth to + inf
- she meant me to tell you — quería que yo te lo dijera
- we didn't mean it to end this way — no fue nuestra intención que terminara así
- I meant it to be a surprise — yo quería que fuera una sorpresa
- I meant it as a compliment — quise hacerte (or hacerle etc.) un cumplido
- what did you mean (by) hitting your brother like that? — ¿qué pretendías pegándole así a tu hermano?
- the bullet was meant for me — la bala iba dirigida a mí
- these spoons aren't meant for soup — estas cucharas no son para sopa
- we were meant for each other — estamos hechos el uno para el otro
4.2to be meant to + inf
- our love was not meant to be — estaba escrito que nuestro amor era imposible
- you weren't meant to get the job — el trabajo no era para ti
- you weren't meant to hear that — no pensaron (or pensé etc.) que tú estarías escuchando
- I was never meant to be a teacher — yo no tengo madera de profesor
- the money was meant to last — se suponía que el dinero iba a durar
- I was meant to be there at 6 o'clock — (se suponía que) tenía que estar allí a las seis
1(miserly)(portion) mezquino(portion) miserable(person) tacaño(person) mezquino(person) agarrado informal(person) amarrete South America informal
- And if you keep being so mean with the price, people might be so angry about it, and they might even burn things down.
- They were horrible - greedy and interfering, and mean and small-minded.
2.1(unkind, nasty)malolend it to him, don't be so mean — préstaselo, no seas malo
- it was really mean of you — fue una maldad (de tu parte)
- you were really mean to me — me trataste muy mal
- I was in a mean temper — estaba de muy mal humor / genio
- She didn't know why, but for some reason she couldn't be spiteful or mean to this man anymore.
- I hope the other children aren't being mean to her.
- He looked like a nice guy, and he hadn't been mean to them.
- That was probably why he had been so horribly mean to Conner in his room earlier.
- Jonah may always be mean to you, but that's still attention.
- I felt a little bad about being so mean to him but he deserved it.
- It isn't any excuse for him to be mean to his daughter.
- It was mean to laugh at her when she went but I didn't care.
- You know, people are usually mean to you for a reason.
- I hated him from then on because he was always mean to me.
- It made Jason sick to know that people were mean to her.
- None of this would have happened if he hadn't been mean to her sister.
- But you still shouldn't be so mean to them if they don't get something.
- She didn't mean to be mean and cruel but things slip once in while, things she can't control.
- He gave me a disappointed look and I felt guilty remembering all of the times I was mean to Corbin without an excuse.
- One wonders if, deep down, she couldn't stand being mean to her husband!
- The author made you hate the evil sisters who were mean to Ella.
- They also don't like pets and are mean to small children.
- She is mean to Pip for most of his life, although at the novel's end they meet again, and she seems to be a softened, changed woman.
- I didn't want to be mean to Jes, but Morgan had taken over.
2.2US slang (excellent)genialfantásticohe makes a mean guacamole — hace un guacamole de puta madre Spain vulgar slang
- They do a mean curry in this place, but I opt for a hot sandwich instead.
- We opt for number two, and discover the dipso cooks a mean cheese omelette.
- I see someone funny and sweet who cooks a mean steak and does a lousy John Wayne impression.
- Day has an incredibly luminous screen presence, and in every scene they share, she matches Cagney's swagger with a mean strut of her own.
- She was known to make a mean grilled cheese and would do so.
3literary(inferior, humble)humildeshe's no mean swimmer — es una nadadora de primera
1they treated us real mean — nos trataron muy mal
- he acts so mean — es tan malo
1media femininepromedio masculinearithmetic/geometric mean — media aritmética/geométrica
- The means associated with both dependent variables in all experimental conditions are presented in Figure 2.
- The tests were all performed ten times and the mean of the measurements was taken as the result for the test.
- Such conditions produce overdispersion, wherein the variance exceeds the mean.
- The mean and the mean of the sum of squares are combined into one loop through the entire data set.
- A mean of 2.63 was reported for the number of courses completed.
- Centering consists of subtracting the sample mean from each independent variable.
- The survey results for the means of each listed variable are reported in Table 3, Column 1.
- Profits per employee is the deviation from industry mean of the ratio of a firm's operation profits to total employees.
- These changes are evaluated at the mean of the explanatory variables.
- The median is a more conservative estimate of WTP than the mean, since it gives less weight to extreme observations on the high side.
- Our favored aggregate is the R2 weighted aggregation, but we also report the simple mean of the forecasts and the median.
- Consider the jellybean example: if there is a large glass sphere hidden among the jellybeans, then you will get a normal distribution of guesses centred on the wrong mean.
- There are two ways to calculate WTP from the estimated logistic function: its mean and its median.
- Provided that the conditional mean was correctly specified, the model was consistent.
- Note that the displayed means are weighted means of the non-log version of the variable.
- The means and coefficients of variation of output and input variables are reported in Table 1.
- The cancer patients had used their phone for a mean of 2.8 years while the control group averaged 2.7 years.
- The price may rise and fall, but the average mean is what the cost will turn out to be.
1mediothe mean annual rainfall — la precipitación pluvial media anual
- In dealing with commodities such as butter, we recognize patterns in charts and calculate the mean average over a period of time.
- The mean age of respondents was 35.32 and the standard deviation was 14.29.
- In the last ten years, the mean age of heroin users has dropped from 27 to 19.
- You've quoted the mean average, but this is skewed by the small number of fanatics whose 5,000-plus discs line every wall of their homes.
- Sows housed in pens and stalls had similar mean values across all measures with each analysis that was used.
- There are no data produced on an annual basis that permit direct calculation of mean graduate and non-graduate earnings.
- Of particular interest are the mean values of the surprise component, since they can be interpreted as the average forecast errors.
- In Table 2 are shown mean values in the trimmed sample for selected characteristics.
- An additional year of age of a house lowers the estimated sales price by $1,230 evaluated at the observed mean values.
- To control for the professional experience of the firm's founding team, I calculated the mean age for the set of founders for each law firm.
- The mean residual values and the RSD were calculated for each weigh day.
- In this study, 5-year moving averages are used to estimate the mean value of each commodity.
- In the meta-analysis, the mean value for a treatment within each paper was the experimental unit.
- Fecal output was calculated by dividing mean chromium release rate by the concentration of chromium in the feces.
- Table 2 presents the variables used, their mean values, and data sources.
- Following convention, quantity terms were normalized using the data means to have mean values of one.
- Diamond found a negative relationship between aging and productivity and that the mean peak age for the citation stock for the six samples was 59 years of age.
- We then calculated the mean multiplexity of the focal firm's network partners and used that as our measure of multiplexity.
- It was calculated by dividing hot carcass weight by the overall mean dressing percentage.
- Teachers allowed drivers to drive tractors or other agricultural machinery at a mean age of 14.9.
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