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[ment] /mɛnt/
simple past tense and past participle of mean1 .
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half-meant, adjective
unmeant, adjective Unabridged
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  • He had more than half meant to drive horses to one of these useful affairs, but what if they were to be run by machinery?

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • He spoke half in jest, yet he evidently more than half meant what he said.

    Name and Fame Adeline Sergeant
  • When she laid her hand on his mouth to stop him, it was half meant as a caress.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • I half meant to do it before, and now I've quite made up my mind.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
  • These words were half meant for the traveller, whom he was scrutinizing very suspiciously.

  • But, I hesitated, suppose I did what I half meant to do, and there were no sound.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • "I never did, but I'm going to start right in," Billy told her, and half meant it.

    The Long Shadow B. M. Bower
  • She appeared startled, and he fancied she half meant to plunge into the lake.

  • “We really ought to be packing to go home,” said Dorothy, but not as if she half meant it.

    Dorothy Dale in the City Margaret Penrose
British Dictionary definitions for half meant


the past tense and past participle of mean1
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Word Origin and History for half meant


past participle of mean (v.).

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