mean for vs mean : Common Errors in English

About mean for vs mean

“I didn’t mean for you to see your present until I’d wrapped it.” This sort of use of “mean for” is a casual pattern inappropriate in written or formal English. Instead, say “I didn’t mean you to see your present. . . .

mean Meaning(s)

  • (v) mean or intend to express or convey
  • (v) have as a logical consequence
  • (v) denote or connote
  • (v) have in mind as a purpose
  • (v) have a specified degree of importance
  • (v) intend to refer to
  • (v) destine or designate for a certain purpose
  • (s) approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
  • (s) characterized by malice
  • (s) having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
  • (s) excellent
  • (s) marked by poverty befitting a beggar
  • (s) (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
  • (s) (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
  • (s) of no value or worth
  • (n) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

mean for in News

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    What Does iOS 7 Mean for Apple?        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

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    @giorodriguez : The Puerto Rican Senate has filed a bill to support the ?creative industries.? What can this mean for the future of the island?
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Forbes

  3. What the Apple Upgrades Mean for Top Smartphone Manufacturers

    What the Apple Upgrades Mean for Top Smartphone Manufacturers        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

mean in News

  1. What Does iOS 7 Mean for Apple?

    What Does iOS 7 Mean for Apple?        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  2. California Red Light Camera Loophole May Mean Millions in Refunds

    A recent ruling in Newark, Calif., may mean thousands of ticketed drivers are due a refund. Keisha Dunlevy appeared in court last week to contest a $500 ticket she received for running a red light. Dunlevy argued the public was never properly notified of the cameras at that intersection. She provided the court commissioner with a clipping from a November 2008 newspaper which said “a camera has ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Opposing Views

  3. What the Apple Upgrades Mean for Top Smartphone Manufacturers

    What the Apple Upgrades Mean for Top Smartphone Manufacturers        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

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