Definition of mean to say in English:

mean to say

phrase

  • usually in questions Used to emphasize a statement or to ask another if they really intend to say something.

    ‘do you mean to say you've uncovered something new?’
    • ‘What you mean to say is that you intend to resist doing so, which I already knew.’
    • ‘I don't necessarily mean to say that I feel that's right.’
    • ‘But just because 3 million people buy driving games every year, it doesn't mean to say that they're right.’
    • ‘‘You mean to say,’ in tones of mock-surprise, ‘that you do not know everything there is to know?’’
    • ‘You mean to say that nothing happened between you guys at all?’
    • ‘You mean to say that you have seen all the maids of the land?’
    • ‘Do you mean to say that we won't be involved in any of this attack?’
    • ‘Do you mean to say that you're not hated for what you did to Grant?’
    • ‘I do not mean to say that such exclusions are absolute.’
    • ‘But I don't mean to say that I didn't enjoy the kiss.’