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mean to (one)

To be of importance, significance, or worth to one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mean" and "to." It's hard to quantify what this amazing gift means to our community, but suffice to say that it will change many lives for the better. Criticism like that doesn't mean anything to me—I just let it roll off me like water off a duck's back.
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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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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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References in classic literature ?
Yet even the German books are not entirely free from attacks of the Parenthesis distemper--though they are usually so mild as to cover only a few lines, and therefore when you at last get down to the verb it carries some meaning to your mind because you are able to remember a good deal of what has gone before.
When people already have high levels of MIL, they have a foundation that allows the search for further meaning to be a modification and expansion process.
Grice's example in point 5, "The fact that the bell has been rung three times means that the bus is full," appears to centrally involve conventional signs, namely bell rings by a conductor, but Grice says it is not equivalent in meaning to the attribution of meaning that he calls nonnatural.
This problem is exacerbated by the absence of any application of this theory of meaning to the actual interpretation of a biblical text.
Religion is reduced to being nothing more than one "paradigm" alongside others, one particular way of giving meaning to this otherwise meaningless and unintelligible universe that we have unwittingly found ourselves thrown into.
Lectern, on the other hand, comes to us from the Latin word legere, meaning to "gather, select, read." Think lecture.
On the other hand, if people opt to live yet longer, wouldn't that mean they had found sufficient pleasure, joy, love, and even meaning to keep them going?
Wink's book is a brilliant piece of theology, capable of giving a new modern meaning to a now obscure expression of ancient Jewish theology.
Reading involves obtaining ideas; the mechanics of reading such as phonics and syllabication skills are there to assist pupils in attaching meaning to what is being read.
The paper then deploys this analysis of meaning to address debates about textuality.
Mallarme's exposure--spatializing the text by opening it up to the physical and visual space of the book, thereby allowing sound and meaning to be experienced in multiple dimensions at once--is literally and figuratively an expansive act.
Thirdly, the circumscription of his Spanish gloss to the literal sense of the Canticle, consistent with the expressed purpose of his Spanish commentary, could be easily misinterpreted as a deliberate denial of an ulterior spiritual meaning to the Biblical epithalamium.
Many of us in communication have dreamed of a work place where human values dominate the culture, one in which committed people could join together to do important work that was worth doing and that gives meaning to their heavy contributions of time and energy.
(P)ostmodernist themes seem to have infiltrated the culture far more in the United States...(2) In short, postmodernism leaves us with no central belief or ideal to bring meaning to our lives.
I savor the recent dialogue celebrating those unions, which can bring profound meaning to our lives.