be meant to be

be meant to be

1. To be regarded as something in particular (which is stated after "meant to be"). Is this movie meant to be a comedy? I don't think it's funny at all.
2. To be destined to happen. In this usage, "be meant to be" is a set phrase. I'm not surprised to hear that those two are engaged—it was meant to be. I had hoped to win the election, but it just wasn't meant to be.
See also: meant

be meant to be something

be generally considered to be something: This restaurant is meant to be excellent.
See also: meant, something