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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.