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mean the world to (someone)

1. To be ardently loved by or exceptionally important to someone. My little daughter means the world to me—I would do absolutely anything for her. Our cats mean the world to my boyfriend—he's completely obsessed with them!
2. To be something for which someone is deeply grateful or appreciative. Thank you so much for taking care of my kids when I was in the hospital. It really means the world to me!
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mean well

To have good intentions. The phrase implies that despite such intentions, one is inept, unhelpful, or a nuisance. Gerri means well, but honestly she usually just ends up getting in the way when we're trying to do work.
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mean well

to intend to be nice, polite, helpful, etc., but fail in the effort. I know you mean well, but your comments are sort of insulting.
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meant to be

destined to exist. Our love was meant to be! It was not meant to be.
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meant to be something

destined or fated to be something. Jane was meant to be a chemist. I was meant to be rich, but something didn't work right!
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No offense meant.

I did not mean to offend [you]. (See also No offense taken.) Mary: Excuse that last remark. No offense meant. Susan: It's okay. I was not offended.
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supposed to

 and someone or something is supposed to
Someone or something is meant to do something. (Frequently, in speech, supposed is reduced to s'posed. The words someone or something can be replaced with nouns or pronouns, or used themselves.) Mary: They didn't deliver the flowers we ordered. Sue: Supposed to. Give them a call. Sally: This screw doesn't fit into hole number seven in the way the instructions say it should. Bill: It's supposed to. Something's wrong.
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supposed to

1. Intended to; also, believed to, expected to. For example, This pill is supposed to relieve your pain, or You're supposed to be my partner. [Early 1300s]
2. Required to, as in He is supposed to call home. [Mid-1800s]
3. not supposed to. Not permitted to, as in You're not supposed to smoke in here.
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ˈmean well

(usually disapproving) have good intentions, although their effect may not be good: Your father means well, I know, but I wish he’d stop telling us what to do.She’s always suggesting ways I could improve my cooking. I know she means well but it really annoys me. ▶ ˌwell-ˈmeaning adj.: She’s very well-meaning, but she only makes the situation worse.
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be meant to be something

be generally considered to be something: This restaurant is meant to be excellent.
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It is a beautiful and simple way to encounter the living God, who wants nothing more than to encounter us as the persons we are and the saints we are meant to be.
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The primary aim of talking about Paul's theology is to give a descriptive presentation of Paul's Christian faith and, above all, determine what Paul meant when he wrote to the Christians whom he immediately addressed.
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It is important to note that the founders meant only to limit the Congress in this regard.
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Jesus' words provide challenging encouragement and help to clarify what is meant by identifying one's life with Christ at a time when outside--and sometimes threatening--influences may obscure right judgment.
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Darboven may not quote Wittgenstein, but she is a truly intellectual artist, for she has understood what he meant when he said a language game was a kind of imagination of life--a matter of both.
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The preachers of the Protestant denominations that I was familiar with growing up used to talk about "full-time Christian service," by which they meant being a minister or a missionary, which effectively removed from everybody else the possibility of being a "full-time Christian.
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