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Definition is a statement of the exact meaning of a word or phrase, especially when given in a dictionary.

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Not understanding the sentences with the formula 'word + out '

Exist a pattern that I already do not know to decipher each phrase with the formula word + out? Work Out = Excercise Deck Out = Decorate Force out = Compel to leave How does adding out is related to ...
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What place is this quote referring to?

What is "Bankers' row and sleight of hand at Seventh Avenue fashion houses" referring to? I searched Google Maps for Seventh Avenue and 6 Seventh Avenue in the US, awkward.
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Can we call Mathematics a kind of Art?

The dictionary says Art can refer to 'skill in conducting any human activity', and it also has an archaic usage 'science, learning, or scholarship'. So can we call Mathematics a kind of art or is it ...
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Learning vocabulary is a journey wihout destination, but exist ways to accelerate?

Is a hassle to learn vocabulary, I'm not saying is the devil and needs to be avoided, it's worth-while but I have been learning for the past year and I feel it consume a lot of my time and energy that ...
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Is the term “restricted interest” not redundant?

Here is a quote from an article on Wikipedia on Asperger's Syndrome: People with Asperger syndrome often display restricted or specialized interests, such as this boy's interest in stacking cans. ...
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Meaning of “broken shell of a man”

Rachel: So, got any advice? Y'know, as someone who's recently been- dumped? Ross: Well, you may wanna steer clear of the word 'dumped'. Chances are he's gonna be this, this broken shell of a man
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What is the meaning of “Or else”

Okay. Okay. I am just going to get up, go to work and not think about him all day. Or else I'm just gonna get up and go to work.
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“over in about six weeks” - What does that mean?

Text: No. The reason is that on the internet no one knows if you’re a dog. So legislators, executives, or administrators who are being lobbied by these petitions don’t know if you are a registered ...
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What does 'Maytey' mean in John Clare's poem?

What is the meaning of 'Maytey' in John Clare's poem titled 'To an April Daisy'? It starts with the line, which is "Welcome old Maytey peeping once again." Does it mean 'mate' in a familiar style?
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Phrasal verb - stamp something out (definition)

I have read this, and I read "and stamping out an epidemic that has killed more than 1,000 people and infected more than 40,000." So, from Cambridge Dictionary I get: stamp something out — ...
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On this definition of holding

A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another. The above is the third definition of holding in this dictionary. I couldn't make sense of the part in italics, especially on their use of held; is ...
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What do you call a person who handles contractual paperwork?

As an administrative assistant, one of the jobs I had to perform was keeping track of all contractual employees, writing their schedules, and ensuring that they got their paychecks. That was not my ...
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Question about “Royal Court”

Someone asked me whether the term "royal court" could also mean the king's dukes, viscounts, barons, counts, earls, etc. I know it contains his retinue, i.e. his advisors, servants, ministers, but ...
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Stay on the safe side of the fence

From the movie "Devil's Doorway" (1950) During the movie, the Indian called Lance and his family and friends try to keep his land, but the homestead law gives other people right to his land, so they ...
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What does “to get in the clear” mean?

From the movie Sniper (1993) A sniper and his spotter need to take a bad guy out at his hacienda. The sniper explains the situation to the spotter: Most logical position would be to take our ...
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Preceding means before the step I am on?

I have a question about the term preceding. When the term is used in a sentence like the follow: turn off light only when the preceding light is on. Does the preceding mean if the light before the ...
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I need a definition for this word

I need this sentence to be defined or summarized into one or two words please. The word is “we will get you married” I had a dream where my father was standing in the kitchen and he told me we ...