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1. To intend for something to be received, heard, or understood by a particular person. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mean" and "for"; often used in passive constructions. Sorry, my question was actually meant for Mrs. Roberts. I never meant those criticisms for you! You ate them all? But those cookies were meant for the children!
2. To be of importance, significance, or worth to one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mean" and "for." It's hard to quantify what this amazing gift means for our community, but suffice to say that it will change many lives for the better. Criticism like that doesn't mean anything for me.
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mean something for someone or something

 
1. Lit. to imply something important for someone or something; to be important or meaningful for someone or something. Are your comments supposed to mean something special for me? I mean these remarks for the government.
2. Fig. to intend for someone or something to have or receive something. Do you mean this gift for me? I mean this gift for the entire community.
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Table 1 showed that the result of the treatment means for the length of mycelia in every fifteen days' interval of gathering data from ten (10) data bags per treatment.
Moral: we must be careful to distinguish what it means for this string to be displayed now (a tokening of the string) from talk about what this string means simpliciter, abstracting from actual displayings of the string by particular systems.
Key statement: This invention relates to a tire curing system having a plurality of molds disposed in side by side relation, transporting means for transporting green fires to the tire curing system, loading means for loading a green tire into a bottom mold half of one of the molds, mold closing means for closing a top mold half over the bottom mold half, self-locking means for locking the top mold half to the bottom mold half, curing means for curing the green fires, mold opening means for opening the top mold half from the bottom mold half, unloading means for unloading the cured fire from the bottom mold half and take-away means for carrying the cured fires away from the curing system.
Perspectives on education policy research: What the third international mathematics and science study (TIMMS) means for systemic school improvement.
Essential to the avant-garde was the notion of recombination with a disregard for normative instrumentality but, also, with a complete dedication to recognizing the material means for production.
No matter how advanced, technologies--including genetic enhancement--are not ends; they are means for individuals to build the best lives they can for themselves and their families.
September 11, 2001, with all that it meant and means for our awareness of the precious fragility of human life and our awareness of evil, may change the landscape here, too, but it is too soon to know exactly how.
What this eschatological import means for the earthly city is made clear in the second of the two aspects of the church's life with respect to the city: that the church's celebration and involvement in civic life must also be prophetic.
(g) Electronic media includes any means for transmitting messages electronically between you and a consumer in a format that allows visual text to be displayed on equipment, for example, a personal computer monitor.
That is to say, the negation of one desire or system of desires serves as a means for the selection and attainment of what are considered to be more worthy ends.
Process-oriented, population-based medical care provides a means for including a broad-based, community-focused approach to prevention that is integral to other medical processes rather than their step-child.
Once established, design targets, i.e., the means for meeting customer-defined quality, become the ends in the parts planning stage, which ensures that part specifications are consistent with design targets.
What it means for her to be operatic is that she makes you think about silence, she makes you think about throwing your voice and throwing away your voice.
These government advisory commissions 'eventually became the ultimate decision-maker for the ethics of HGE because the federal government...tended to follow the advice of these commissions in deciding what experiments were 'ethical' and thus fundable," and the advisory commissions were seen by the scientists not so much as bodies to advise them, but as the means for "preparing the public" for what the scientists intended to do anyway.