be meant to do something

1) to have a particular responsibility or duty

You were meant to keep the children out of trouble.

2) to have a particular purpose. This is sometimes used for suggesting that something does not succeed very well

It was meant to be an apology but it only made her angry.


English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • (be) meant to be something — be meant to be sth idiom to be generally considered to be sth • This restaurant is meant to be excellent. Main entry: ↑meanidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be meant to do something — be supposed to do something. → mean …   English new terms dictionary

  • be meant to do something — …   Useful english dictionary

  • meant to be/do something — 1 : intended to do or be something I was never meant to teach. They knew as soon as they met that they were meant to be together. I thought we could be friends, but I guess it just wasn t meant to be. [=it was not destined to happen] 2 Brit :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Meant to Live — Single by Switchfoot from the album The Beautiful Letdown and Music from and Inspired by Spider Man 2 …   Wikipedia

  • Meant to Fly — Single by Eva Avila from the album Somewhere Else Format CD single (Canada) …   Wikipedia

  • Something Positive — logo, Mr. Personality. Author(s) R. K. Milholland Website http:/ …   Wikipedia

  • something would not work — something would not work/start/open/etc phrase used for saying that you could not make something do what it was meant to although you tried I turned the switch, but the motor wouldn’t start. Thesaurus: modal verbshyponym …   Useful english dictionary

  • something would not start — something would not work/start/open/etc phrase used for saying that you could not make something do what it was meant to although you tried I turned the switch, but the motor wouldn’t start. Thesaurus: modal verbshyponym …   Useful english dictionary

  • something would not open — something would not work/start/open/etc phrase used for saying that you could not make something do what it was meant to although you tried I turned the switch, but the motor wouldn’t start. Thesaurus: modal verbshyponym …   Useful english dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.