From Proto-Germanic *mainijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *meyn- (“intention, opinion”). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian mēna (“signify”), Old Saxon mēnian, Middle Dutch menen (“think, intend”) (Dutch menen), Old High German meinen (German meinen). The Indo-European root is also the source of Old Irish mían (“wish, desire”), Polish mienić (“signify, believe”). Sense 5 may be a separate word.
- to mean, to intend (to do something)
- to mean, to intend (something for a specific purpose)
- to mean, to signify, to indicate
- to say, to relate
- to mourn or lament
This verb needs an inflection-table template.