mean to do

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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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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