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be meant to (do something)
To be obliged or supposed to do something. It's nearly 6:30. Aren't you meant to be seeing a movie at 7 o'clock? Hey, you're meant to have your homework finished before you go out, you know that!
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mean to (do something)
to intend to do something. Did you mean to do that? No, it was an accident. I didn't mean to.
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Intend to, as in I meant to go running this morning but got up too late, or I'm sorry I broke it-I didn't mean to. This idiom was first recorded in 1560.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.