There are 3 main translations of mean in Spanish

: mean1mean2mean3

mean1

significar, v.

Pronunciation: /min//miːn/

transitive verb

  • 1

    (represent, signify)
    (symbol/word) significar
    (symbol/word) querer decir
    what 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
    • She seemed to sigh heavily, and, from all my experience, I knew that heavy sighs meant that you had something bad to say.
    • Oh yes, she meant the children she supposedly tutored in the day.
    • The word patriotism comes from a Greek word meaning fatherland.
    • The word once meant the description of a work of visual art within a poem, but has come to mean poetic description more generally.
    • Lenin named his small movement the Bolsheviks, a word meaning majority.
    • Matt never quite understood what he had meant by those words.
    • ‘I did know what you meant this afternoon,’ referring to our earlier conversation.
    • In short, they are ‘blogs,’ an invented word meaning Web diarist.
    • They took his remark as a joke although he had meant it as a spurn to their stupidity.
    • The word is Japanese, meaning tray planting, but the practice originated in China.
    • ‘The last two words mean the same thing,’ I interrupted aggravatingly.
    • The boy waved his hand in the air, indicating that he meant the alleyway, in which they stood.
    • Ziana began to understand what her grandfather had meant by those words.
    • Parcours is a French word meaning the route, the trip or the journey.
    • What did you mean when you said her emotion seemed more genuine in the last chapter?
    • The word magazine derives from an Arabic word meaning a storehouse, a place where goods are laid up.
    • ‘Hey freak,’ Jesse greeted, his tone implying that he had meant it strictly as an insult.
    • Andrew didn't really know what the results meant because he didn't know what the normal values for the tests would be.
    • 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.
    • Cadet, a 17th Century French word meaning a young trainee in the armed forces or the police force, is commonly used in India.
    • And I understand perfectly what you mean about the characters being revolting.
    • I'm not sure what Beckett meant by referring to our ‘showing off’, but let me now do so!
    • The name comes from the Greek word lithos which means stone.
    • The word myco, is derived from the Greek word which means fungus.
    • Confused, he suggests she means his brother, who has just married Lucy Steele.
    • He means that death repeals the whole implied adventure of being missing, and a certain tantalising ambiguity enters the picture.
    • The question is whether that means it intends to triple its workforce.
    • It was a slow kiss, intended to mean a promise of a future together.
    • Frass is an arcane English word meaning the excrement or droppings of insects.
    • This word means fiery ones, in allusion, as is supposed, to their burning love.
    • The use of the original Greek word to mean an instrument of music did not occur until the 5th century ad.
    • Obviously the word meant something different to him than it did to her.
    • I pressed the search button to see what the words meant and what language they were.
    • The men had meant her clothing when they referred her to a boy.
    • The word error once meant a wandering or roving course.
    • ‘You're absolutely right ’, Devlin interrupted, genuinely getting what she meant.
    • Tash looked after her, wondering what she could have meant by her words.
    • The word icon comes from the Greek word eikon, which means image.
    • This could mean heaven, but most likely it represents a church.
  • 2

    • 2.1(refer to, intend to say)

      (person) querer decir
      what do you mean? ¿qué quieres decir?
      • do you mean (to say) that ... ? ¿quieres decir que ... ?
      • I'm in a difficult situation, if you know what I mean mi situación es difícil ¿me entiendes / comprendes?
      • 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!
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • He knew these sounded empty, these words, but he meant them.

    • 2.2(be serious about)

      decir en serio
      I 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)
    significar
    this 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
    • A day out in Edinburgh does usually mean walking around the city, but suppose we just stayed in-doors.
    • Either way, being a performer meant being involved in the compositional process.
  • 4

    • 4.1

      he didn't mean (you) any harm no quiso hacerte daño
      • to mean to + inf
      • to mean sb/sth to + inf
      • I mean to succeed me propongo 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 ...
      • 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 mi intención fue hacerle 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

    • 4.2

      to 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 (/ 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


There are 3 main translations of mean in Spanish

: mean1mean2mean3

mean2

mezquino, adj.

Pronunciation: /miːn//min/

adjective

  • 1

    (miserly)
    (portion) mezquino
    (portion) miserable
    (person) tacaño
    (person) mezquino
    (person) agarrado informal
    (person) amarrete South America informal
    • They were horrible - greedy and interfering, and mean and small-minded.
    • And if you keep being so mean with the price, people might be so angry about it, and they might even burn things down.
  • 2

    • 2.1(unkind, nasty)

      malo
      lend 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 un humor de perros
      • One wonders if, deep down, she couldn't stand being mean to her husband!
      • It isn't any excuse for him to be mean to his daughter.
      • None of this would have happened if he hadn't been mean to her sister.
      • I hated him from then on because he was always mean to me.
      • I felt a little bad about being so mean to him but he deserved it.
      • He gave me a disappointed look and I felt guilty remembering all of the times I was mean to Corbin without an excuse.
      • I hope the other children aren't being mean to her.
      • It made Jason sick to know that people were mean to her.
      • I didn't want to be mean to Jes, but Morgan had taken over.
      • It was mean to laugh at her when she went but I didn't care.
      • She didn't know why, but for some reason she couldn't be spiteful or mean to this man anymore.
      • The author made you hate the evil sisters who were mean to Ella.
      • You know, people are usually mean to you for a reason.
      • That was probably why he had been so horribly mean to Conner in his room earlier.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • They also don't like pets and are mean to small children.
      • Jonah may always be mean to you, but that's still attention.
      • He looked like a nice guy, and he hadn't been mean to them.

    • 2.2US slang (excellent)

      genial
      fantástico
      he makes a mean guacamole hace un guacamole de puta madre Spain vulgar slang
      • 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.
      • 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.

  • 3literary

    (dwelling/peasant)
    (inferior, humble)
    humilde
    that's no mean feat/achievement no es moco de pavo informal
    • she's no mean swimmer es una excelente nadadora

adverb

US
informal, dialect

  • 1

    they treated us real mean nos trataron muy mal
    • he acts so mean es tan malo

There are 3 main translations of mean in Spanish

: mean1mean2mean3

mean3

media, n.

Pronunciation: /miːn//min/

noun

  • 1

    media feminine
    promedio masculine
    arithmetic/geometric mean media aritmética/geométrica
    • 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.
    • The mean and the mean of the sum of squares are combined into one loop through the entire data set.
    • Profits per employee is the deviation from industry mean of the ratio of a firm's operation profits to total employees.
    • The survey results for the means of each listed variable are reported in Table 3, Column 1.
    • The tests were all performed ten times and the mean of the measurements was taken as the result for the test.
    • The means and coefficients of variation of output and input variables are reported in Table 1.
    • Centering consists of subtracting the sample mean from each independent variable.
    • The means associated with both dependent variables in all experimental conditions are presented in Figure 2.
    • A mean of 2.63 was reported for the number of courses completed.
    • The price may rise and fall, but the average mean is what the cost will turn out to be.
    • These changes are evaluated at the mean of the explanatory variables.
    • Such conditions produce overdispersion, wherein the variance exceeds the mean.
    • Note that the displayed means are weighted means of the non-log version of the variable.
    • The cancer patients had used their phone for a mean of 2.8 years while the control group averaged 2.7 years.
    • The median is a more conservative estimate of WTP than the mean, since it gives less weight to extreme observations on the high side.
    • Provided that the conditional mean was correctly specified, the model was consistent.
    • There are two ways to calculate WTP from the estimated logistic function: its mean and its median.
    • Our favored aggregate is the R2 weighted aggregation, but we also report the simple mean of the forecasts and the median.

adjective

  • 1

    medio
    the mean annual rainfall la precipitación pluvial media anual