Mean / Intend (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Intend to say something

Mean

Not used in the progressive tenses

To say something with a particular intention

I mean it as a compliment.

Intend

To want something to have a particular meaning

I wondered what she intended by that remark.

Suggest

To say something indirectly

Are you suggesting I look fatter?

Imply

To communicate an idea or feeling without saying or showing it directly

I am not implying anything about your cooking.  I just want to eat out tonight.

Insinuate

To say something unpleasant which is true in an indirect way

SW: imply

Are you insinuating I am lying?

Hint

To indirectly say what you are thinking or feeling

She hinted at the possibility of going back to Germany.

Intimate

Formal

To say or suggest something indirectly

They intimated that I was not welcome.

Indicate

To say or express something indirectly or briefly

During the meeting, they indicated their willingness to cooperate.

Signal

To do something to make your feelings or opinions clear

My daughter signals her discontent by raising her voice.

 

Give the impression

I always try to give the impression of being busy, so nobody will talk to me.