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Juan Carlos
What's difference between mean and want?
2019年4月19日 15:35
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The difference in the example you gave is pretty subtle and they are almost interchangeable.

"I meant to call you" implies that you were going to call someone but then forgot (or got busy). You might say it if you run into someone that you had intended to call earlier that day or in the last few days.
"I wanted to call you" could mean the same as "meant" or it can also imply that some other reason that it out of your control. e.g. the power was out.

Canadian English.
are you sure mean is the correct word? I'm not sure in what context mean is a synonym for want.  Do you have an example sentence?
One important idea in economics is that of needs and wantsNeeds would be defined as goods or services that are required. This would include the needs for food, clothing, shelter and health care. Wants are goods or services that are not necessary but that we desire or wish for. (Copied)

For example: I meant to call you - I wanted  to call you 

Juan Carlos
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