mean to (do something)

mean to (do something)

To have the intention, desire, or obligation to do something. I've been meaning to see that new movie everyone is talking about. A: "Did you mow the lawn?" B: "No, I meant to do it yesterday, but I ran out of time."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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mean (for someone) to do something

to intend (for someone) to do something. John meant to go with us to the zoo. John meant for Jane to do the dishes.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

mean to

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.
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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.
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