Past Tense of Mean: Meaned or Meant? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Mean?

In the English language, the past tense for mean is “meant”. Because this word is an irregular verb, it doesn’t follow the standard rule: adding “ed” at the end. Here are the most common forms of this verb:

Form  Verb
Bare mean
Present participle meaning
Third person singular means
Past  meant
Past participle meant

Let’s check out this video for more details about “mean”: 

How Do You Spell Mean In Past Tense?

Here is the official pronunciation of the irregular past-tense form, according to the IPA:

Word (Verb Tense)







/mɛnt/ /mɛnt/
Meant /mɛnt/


Although it isn’t tricky to spell these words, the pronunciation of “meant” will be completely different to that of “mean”. Remember not to pronounce meant as /miːn/ and add the t ending sound. Instead, the long i in the base form will change to the /ɛ/ sound. “Meant” phonetic spelling will be /ment/.

Definition And How To Use

The word “mean” has differences in meaning. Here are some core verb meanings:

It’d better refer to the examples below to know how to use it in different contexts and in the past situation:

Practice Exercises

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Past tense of mean

Let’s complete these quick and simple exercises to practice English verbs and tenses while using “mean”. Please choose the correct answer and check the answer at the end.

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Did you …….. Emma stole his dog?

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Many languages use only one word to ……. both dance and music.

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Don't be sad — I can be sure he …….. it as a great compliment.

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Oh no! So sorry to hurt you. I …..…… to.

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What Ms. Joe ……. was that there was no point in waiting here.

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I didn't ……  for Ann to read these letters.

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I never ……. (that) Bella should come to the night party alone.

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Did you …. your bag was lost before the party last night?

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The doll's price was cheap, but it still ……. a lot to him.

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