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mean vs be after be after vs mean

mean is a noun but be after is not a noun.

mean is an adjective but be after is not an adjective.

mean and be after both are verbs.

As verbs, be after is a hyponym of mean; that is, be after is a word with a more specific, narrower meaning than mean and be after is a type of mean with the definitions:
  • have in mind as a purpose
Other hyponyms of mean include design, plan, aim, purpose, propose, purport.
mean (noun) be after (noun)
an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
mean (adjective) be after (adjective)
approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
characterized by malice
having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
marked by poverty befitting a beggar
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
of no value or worth
very good; of the highest quality
mean (verb) be after (verb)
mean or intend to express or convey have the will and intention to carry out some action
have as a logical consequence
denote or connote
have in mind as a purpose
have a specified degree of importance
intend to refer to
destine or designate for a certain purpose