mean to (do something)

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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 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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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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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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References in classic literature ?
Simonides, then, after the manner of poets, would seem to have spoken darkly of the nature of justice; for he really meant to say that justice is the giving to each man what is proper to him, and this he termed a debt.
There is no doubt but the kindly playwright had his conscience, and meant to make people think as well as laugh.
It is only in thinking back to there that I can realize how much they might always have meant to me.
Is the conversational interaction among author, text, and reader meant to lead to meaning or is the interplay itself the meaning?
3 : to have in mind as a purpose : intend <I mean to win.> <He meant to be funny.>
Rather, the poems in Love's Alchemy are like a fine merlot, meant to be imbibed slowly--you begin by sniffing their aroma; then hold them up to the light and savor their color; inhale their bouquet; hold the words in your mouth, let the taste of them sink into your pores; feel them warming your throat, let their wisdom spread through your veins and into the depths of your heart.
The book admirably succeeds in its first goal, but falls short in its attempt to understand what sugar actually meant to people.
The teachings and myths of the great world religions are meant to be appreciated on different levels as one proceeds along life's path.
Secondly, he explains how the Husband's delicate reference to his Wife's hair is meant to highlight his loving praise of her gleaming eyes ("...for ordinarily some tufts of hair, dishevelled out of the order and array that the artifice of hairdo and braiding impose on others, fall over her forehead and, stirred by air and motion, they sway as if playing over her eyes, so that sometimes they cover them and others they reveal their lights, which makes them look better").
It cannot be defended by arguing that "fruit of the earth" is no longer idiomatic to modern ears, for we still use "the fruit of your labor" and "fruitless efforts" and "the fruit of thy womb," and even commercially "fruit of the loom." In the Latin it is obvious that the two prayers are meant to be parallel in structure and wording and content.
I wrote in my diary, "Algeria has become saturated with religious symbols." I meant to remind myself of the official as well as the individual references to God, the sudden concern among friends and acquaintances for the validity of their daily activities measured against this or that Tradition.
One lesson from the failure of revolutionary federal health care reform was the importance of having a basic, shared notion of what this kind of triangular, potentially distorted relationship among physicians, payers, and patients is meant to be.
what's that old poem of Jones's, you know, "we are unsaved and unsaved," and that ends with "daylight can't save them and we own the night." In a sense, cultural studies can't save us, and perhaps we have yet to do a historical, analytical, coalitioned accounting for how we got here, and what these past 25 years have meant to us as we face what is in many ways a completely frightening future.