1) Meant is the past tense and past participle of mean.
2) ADJ: v-link ADJ to-inf You use meant to to say that something or someone was intended to be or do a particular thing, especially when they have failed to be or do it.

I can't say any more, it's meant to be a big secret...

The decor was meant to keep the mind concentrated on the making of money...

I'm meant to be on holiday.

be supposed to
3) ADJ: v-link ADJ for n If something is meant for particular people or for a particular situation, it is intended for those people or for that situation.

Fairy tales weren't just meant for children...

The seeds were not meant for human consumption...

The letter might not have been meant for me at all.

4) PHR-MODAL If you say that something is meant to happen, you mean that it is expected to happen or that it ought to happen.

The peculiar thing about getting engaged is that you're meant to announce it to everyone...

Parties are meant to be fun.

be supposed to
5) PHR-MODAL If you say that something is meant to have a particular quality or characteristic, you mean that it has a reputation for being like that.

Spurs are meant to be one of the top teams in the world.

be thought to

English dictionary. 2008.

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